January 29, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption, co-sponsored sixteen pro-life bills and introduced his own bill in advance of the annual March for Life this week. He also co-sponsored a resolution recognizing January 22, 2021 as a ‘Day of Tears’ for the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.
“We have made so much progress over the last four years in our fight for life,” Inhofe said. “As we begin this new chapter with an extremely anti-life administration, it is more important than ever to bring a voice to the unborn. Since Roe v. Wade, over 60 million babies have been deprived of the ability to experience the miracle of life. These bills are an important first step in protecting the basic right to life and ending on-demand abortion.
“I look forward to the day when we can once again come together and defend the sanctity of life in person, but until then, I want to say thank you to all of the March for Life participants this week as they stand for life virtually. Your efforts are so needed.”
Inhofe spoke on the Senate floor this week about the importance of the sanctity of life. Video here.
A downloadable video of Inhofe addressing March for Life participants is available for download here.
Inhofe led 21 of his colleagues in re-introducing the Protecting Individuals with Down Syndrome Act, which would ban a doctor from performing an abortion being sought because the unborn child has Down syndrome. More information about the bill can be found here.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks post-fertilization. More information about the bill can be found here.
The Protecting Life and Integrity in Research Act would ban HHS from conducting or supporting research using fetal tissue obtained from abortions, while encouraging the development of new ethical cell lines.
The SAVE Moms and Babies Act would prevent labeling changes for already approved abortion drugs; prevent providers from dispensing these drugs remotely, by mail, or via telemedicine; and prevent the FDA from approving new chemical abortion drugs.
The Women’s Public Health and Safety Act would clarify the authority of states to exclude providers of elective abortion, like Planned Parenthood, from their Medicaid program.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would establish a government-wide statutory prohibition on taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. This legislation also prohibits subsidies in the form of refundable advanceable tax credits for abortion coverage through PPACA and codifies an annual renewed appropriations policy providing conscience protections.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would ensure that a baby who survives an abortion will receive the same treatment as any child naturally born premature at the same age, without prescribing any particular form of treatment.
The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) would ban abortions based on sex discrimination.
The Pregnant Women Health and Safety Act would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 15 miles of an abortion clinic, thereby helping ensure women’s safety in case of an emergency during the abortion.
The Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act would prohibit Title X Family Planning Program funds from being used to subsidize abortions. Prior to the Trump administration, Planned Parenthood received nearly $60 million from the American taxpayer through the Title X Family Planning Program. The program is intended to assist low-income women with family planning services. Unfortunately, this money has been used to subsidize organizations that engage in abortion activities such as Planned Parenthood.
The Life at Conception Act would recognize that life begins at conception.
The Protecting Life in Crisis Act would prohibit any funds that are authorized or appropriated for the purposes of preventing, preparing for, or responding to the COVID–19 pandemic, domestically and internationally, from going toward abortions or abortion coverage. Additionally, this bill targets any attempts to use refundable tax credits to purchase coverage on the exchanges or for COBRA continuation coverage.
The Dignity for Aborted Children Act would require abortion providers to dispose of fetal remains as human remains. It would also require providers to annually report on the number of abortions performed.
The Parental Notification and Intervention Act would prohibit a person or organization from performing, facilitating, or assisting in the performance of an abortion on an un-emancipated minor without first complying with parental notification requirements.
The Protecting Life in Foreign Assistance Act would codify and expand the Mexico City Policy—ensuring that no funds be made available to foreign NGOs that perform abortions, counsel for abortion, lobby for abortion policies or expanded access, or provide funding or resources for any entity, including domestic NGOs and non-profits, that perform abortions abroad.
The Abortion Is Not Health Care Act would remove the tax deductibility of the costs associated with having an abortion
The Protecting Life in Health Savings Account Act would amend the Internal Revenue Code to prohibit elective abortion from being considered an eligible expense for the purposes of health savings accounts, flexible savings accounts, Archer medical savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements and retiree health accounts.
The Day of Tears Resolution recognizes January 22, 2021 as a ‘Day of Tears’ for the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision.