House Will Vote on 5-Month Abortion Bill Next Week

Deal W. Hudson
May 8, 2015

The House announced today it will vote on the Pain-Capable  Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797).  Also known as the “5-Month Abortion Limit” because it forbids all abortions — except in cases of rape and incest — after the fifth month of pregnancy.

The House vote will occur near the anniversary of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Here is the news release from the Susan B. Anthony List, an organization that played a central role in getting this bill back on the House floor after it was suddenly dropped from consideration on January 22.


Washington, D.C – This morning news broke that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote next week on H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. In recent days, members of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) have made over 10,000 live constituent calls to key Members of Congress urging this vote. The legislation, which would stop abortion after five months based on the unborn child’s ability to feel pain is supported by the majority of Americans.

The vote will be held around May 13, the two year anniversary of the conviction of Kermit Gosnell.

“For months, the pro-life grassroots have rallied around our champions in Congress by generating thousands of calls to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act up for a vote,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “We are thankful to our pro-life allies on the Hill, including House GOP leadership and the Congressional Pro-Life Women’s Caucus, who have tirelessly worked to bring this bill to a vote. This process has yielded a strong bill which we expect to pass next week with enthusiastic bipartisan support. Senator Lindsey Graham, the bill’s Senate sponsor, is standing by to take up the fight in the upper chamber.

“The timing of this vote is fitting. Two years ago, the barbarism of late-term abortion was brought into the national spotlight by the trial of late-term abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell. America’s eyes were opened to the horrific reality of late-term abortion, a stain on our national conscience. A large majority of Americans – especially women, young people, and Hispanics – are eager to see the United States removed from the list of only seven countries to allow elective abortions after the point the unborn child can feel pain.

“This legislation will be the defining abortion issue of the 2016 elections and put pro-life candidates on offense. Already, the entire Republican presidential field has rallied behind this popular legislation while Hillary Clinton remains elusive on her late-term abortion position. The national conversation on this bill will force Clinton to choose between the American people or her uncompromising, deep-pocketed friends in the big abortion industry who accept no limits to abortion-on-demand.”

In 2013, Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of the murder of three newborn children and the negligent death of one patient. He had been charged with eight counts of murder including seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors. Prosecutors said that he made millions of dollars over 30 years, performing as many late-term abortions as he could. His conviction spurred a vote on the federal five-month abortion limit, first passed by the House in June 2013 by a vote of 228-196.

A November 2014 poll from Quinnipiac found that 60 percent of Americans, including 56 percent of Independents and 46 percent of Democrats, support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To date, fourteen declared and potential GOP presidential candidates have signed on in support of the legislation.

Yesterday The New York Times highlighted a study which found that premature infants, provided with proper medical care, can survive prior to 24 weeks, generally thought to be the point of “viability.” The Times conceded that changing viability standards pose great implications for the national abortion debate.

By Deal Hudson

Deal W. Hudson was born November 20, 1949 in Denver, CO, to Emmie and Jack Hudson, both native Texans. Dr. Hudson had an older sister Ruth, and eventually, a younger sister, Elizabeth. Emmie Hudson, Ruth Hudson and Elizabeth Hudson now live in Houston, TX; Jack Hudson passed away some years ago. The late Jack Hudson was a captain for Braniff Airlines in Denver at the time of Dr. Hudson’s birth. Later the family moved to Kansas City when his father joined the Federal Aviation Agency. From Kansas City, the Hudson family moved to Minneapolis, then to Massapequa, NY, and finally to Alexandria, VA, where they first occupied a home overlooking the Potomac River adjacent to the Mount Vernon estate. After a year, the family moved to a home on Tarpon Lane a few houses up the street from the Yacht Haven boat docks. Dr. Hudson attended Mt. Vernon Elementary School from grades 4 to 6 and has a special gratitude for the teaching of Mr. Hoppe who first told him was a ‘smart lad.’ Having moved with his family to Fort Worth, TX in 1960, Dr. Hudson attended William Monnig Junior High and Arlington Heights HS. In high school, Dr. Hudson was captain of the golf team, editor of the literary magazine (Guerdon), and performed the role of Peter in the ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ during his senior year. Dr. Hudson graduated cum laude with a major in philosophy from the University of Texas-Austin in 1971 where his undergraduate advisor was Prof. John Silber. His teachers at the University of Texas included Prof. Louis Mackey and Prof. Larry Caroline. Dr. Hudson minored in both classics and English literature. Dr. Hudson lived in Atlanta from 1974-1989, where he attended Emory University, receiving a Phd from the Graduate Institute for the LIberal Arts. He also taught philosophy at Mercer University in Atlanta from 1980-89. In 1989 Dr. Hudson and his family left Atlanta when he was hired to teach philosophy at Fordham University in the Bronx. Dr. Hudson taught at Fordham, and also part-time at New York University, from 1989 to 1994. Dr. Hudson first came to Atlanta in after graduation from Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) with an M.Div. While at PTS, Dr. Hudson managed the Baptist Student Union at Princeton University and became its first director. Dr. Hudson also was licensed at a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention at Madison Baptist Church in Madison, NJ. Dr. Hudson’s primary area of study at PTS was the history of Christian doctrine which he pursued with Dr. Karlfried Froelich. In 1984 Dr. Hudson was received in the Catholic Church by Msgr. Richard Lopez, with the special permission of Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan, at the chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home in Atlanta. Dr. Hudson has been married twenty-five years to Theresa Carver Hudson and they have two children, Hannah Clare, 23, and Cyprian Joseph (Chip), 15, adopted from Romania when he was three years old. The Hudson family has lived in Fairfax, VA for more than fifteen years, after having lived five years in Bronxville, NY and a year in Atlanta, GA, where Theresa and Deal were married.

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