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***Following are the 8 critical votes in 114th Congress we consider for endorsement. We only endorse and support candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. Candidates that vote are pledge to support all 8 votes receive a “8 Star Rating” and receive automatic endorsement.
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May 13, 2015. H.R. 36 Roll Call Vote #223. The Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act—This was a vote by the House of Representatives to ban abortions after 20 weeks except in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of a mother. The House passed the bill by a 242-184 margin. However, when it arrived in the Senate it was defeated when they were unable to get to the 60 votes needed to move the legislation forward.
Why this was important: The US is just one of 7 nations that allows abortion after 20 weeks. Recent studies have indicated that preborn children can feel pain. Further, medical advancements have pushed the viability standard set in law over 40 years ago.
January 22,2015 H.R. 7 Roll Call Vote #45 No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act- This legislation was introduced to prohibit taxpayer funding of elective abortion anywhere in the federal government. The bill passed the House by a 242-179 margin. However, it has not been voted upon by the Senate. It is currently with the Senate Finance Committee.
Why this was important: There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. However, it has to be added as a rider to every piece of legislation. This would make the ban on public funding of abortion permanent.
February 3, 2015 H.R. 596 Roll Call Vote #58 To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and health care-related provision in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010- The vote passed the House by a 239-186 margin. However, it did not get the 60 votes needed in the Senate to proceed with the legislation.
Why this is important: The ACA provides access to affordable health care to all families regardless of pre-existing conditions, which is critical if families are to feel supported in bringing children into the world. Repealing the legislation would eliminate lifesaving healthcare for millions of Americans.
September 18, 2015 H.R. 3134 Roll Call Vote #505 Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015- This was a vote to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding for one year. Funding would be transferred to community health centers instead. This passed the House by a 241-187 margin but was unable to get to the procedural 60 votes in the Senate to proceed.
Why this is important: Planned Parenthood, the number one abortion provider in the nation, takes money away from Community Health Centers and other health care clinics that provide comprehensive care to women. Almost 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s services are STD Testing/Treatment, contraception, and abortion. DFLA’s position is that limited federal funds should be allocated to organizations, such as Community Health Centers, that provide comprehensive healthcare.
July 10, 2015 H.R. 6 Amendment #3 Roll Call Vote #432 21st Century Cures Act- This bill was to reauthorize the National Institute of Health through Fiscal Year 2018 to continue their work and research. Barbara Lee of California introduce an amendment to allow federal funds be used for abortion through the NIH. The amendment was defeated on a 176-245 vote.
Why this is important:There is longstanding policy that prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Limited funds should be used to research cures, not pay for abortion.
September 18, 2015 H.R. 3504 Roll Call Vote #506 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act- This bill required any health care practitioner who is present when a child is born alive following an abortion to give the same care they would to any other newly born child and ensure that the child is immediately admitted to a hospital. This passed the House by a 248-177 margin but has not been acted on in the Senate.
Why this is important: Infants born alive during the abortion procedure have been left to die. This would ensure a standard of care would be given to children born alive.
July 6, 2016. H.R. 5485 Roll Call Vote #364 Grayson Amendment to allow tax subsidized abortion for federal employees- While the House was passing budget bills for Fiscal Year 2017 Congressman Alan Grayson provided an amendment that would change long standing history and allow for taxpayer dollars to be used to pay for abortions for federal employees. The House defeated this amendment as it got 177 yes votes to 245 no votes.
Why this is important: This keeps with the long standing Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funds from being used to pay for abortions.
July 13, 2016 S 304 Roll Call Vote #364 Amendment to Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act- This amendment was added to prohibit the federal government and state and local governments that receive federal financial assistance for health-related activities penalizing or discriminating against a health care provider based on the provider's refusal to be involved in, or provide coverage for, abortion. This passed the House on a 245-182 vote.
Why this is important: Provides protection to health care providers who have a moral or religous objection to abortion from being forced to be inolved in the abortion process.