UPDATED 27 JANUARY 2015
John Ratcliffe’s Chief of Staff Daniel Kroese responded to this open letter 23 January 2015
“John Ratcliffe was an original cosponsor of this bill and was very much looking forward to having an opportunity to vote in favor of it. That opportunity never materialized when some moderate Republicans decided to torpedo the bill. Instead, the House voted on H.R. 7 which prohibits federal funds from going towards abortion – still important, but not as strong as Pain Capable. While this is small pro-life win, you can rest assured that John will not be satisfied and eagerly looks forward to voting on Pain Capable in the future. In the meantime, he will continue to be a strong pro-life advocate.”
January 23, 2015
Honorable John Ratcliffe
6531 Horizon Road
Rockwall, Texas 75032
As reported in a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 56% of Americans want abortions prohibited after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 27% say 24 weeks, max.
One month before that poll, the U.S. House passed H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would prohibit abortions beyond 20 weeks pregnancy, with some exceptions.
Moving forward, we Republicans won a Senate majority while increasing a House majority in 2014 AFTER passing the bill.
New Republican Majority Doesn’t Want to ‘offend’ Women
So, what happened this week? Reference an article in The Washington Times: House nixes fetal-pain abortion vote, substitutes anti-Obamacare bill instead Why, pray tell? The schism arose when “mushy” moderates feared alienating women. Alienating women? From where do they get their information? What are the facts?
“The legislation has been passed by the House in the previous Congress and is extremely popular in national polling. “One of the clearest messages from Gallup trends,” the polling firm reported, “is that Americans oppose late-term abortion.” A Washington Post/ABC survey showed that 64 percent of Americans favor limiting abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or earlier. When just women were asked, the figure jumped to 71 percent. Such measures are popular among independents and Americans of various income levels.”
Irony – GOP Lawmakers Don’t Want to Offend Women, Offend Women Anyway
Precisely which women is it GOP lawmakers don’t want to offend? Is it the 71% who favor the Fetal Pain bill or the 29% who don’t?
GOP voters who should be GOP voters in 2016 are angry. Why? My fellow GOP voters expect elected our representatives to actually represent us, to fulfill campaign promises and to actually stand on our GOP platform when crafting bills and voting for them.
Failing in this regard practically assures a Democrat president come January 2017. There is underway a surge of voters discarding our Grand Old Party for the Libertarian Party.
This I address to all Republican lawmakers. Here’s all it takes to keep and build our GOP majority: do what we want you to do; do what you promise to do.
The pro-life issue is of paramount importance to us.