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May 8, 2019
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ICYMI: Republicans, Advocates Line Up to Speak in Favor of Pro-Life Legislation

MADISON – Republican leaders and grassroots advocates from across the state gathered in Madison yesterday to speak out in favor of pro-life legislation during hearings held in the state capitol. Here’s some of what they had to say:

“Information is power. This bill [Assembly Bill 180] would do nothing more than empower women with information that could give them and their baby a second chance if they’re having second thoughts.”  Assembly Speaker Rob Vos (R-Rochester)

“Now I want to be clear that this bill [Assembly Bill 179] is not an anti-abortion bill. It is, however, a pro-baby bill, a pro-life bill, a pro-common sense bill. It clarifies that while it may still be legal to take the life of a baby that has yet to be born, just seconds later and inches away, if that baby takes a breath, not providing the care that baby deserves would be illegal, and taking his or her life would be murder.”  Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna)

“Deciding which life is worthy of saving, even up to birth, while seeming to avoid the challenge of living with difficulties, unwittingly practices eugenics – something humanity has decried throughout history…We cannot both say that we support individuals of every race, gender, nationality, and ability level, yet use that same criteria to kill an unborn child.” State Rep. Barb Dittrich (R-Oconomowoc)

“What could be more profound to introduce you to the personhood of our daughter, to make her real for you, to bring her to life before your eyes. She has Down syndrome…born 10 years ago to a woman who was urged to abort her. To end her life before it began. She is one of the lucky ones. Up to 85% of children diagnosed with Down syndrome never make it out of the womb alive – on purpose.” – Charles Nevismal, Father of adoptive daughter with Down syndrome

“When I heard Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a pediatric neurologist, describe during a recent interview the process by which doctors determine to shelve unwanted newborns to die, it hit painfully close to home for me. He said…the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family decided. “If.” And Governor Northam is right. That is exactly what happens. And I know because I cared for a dying baby who was on the other side of that decision. My experience was 20 years ago, but as Governor Northam made clear, could’ve happened yesterday.” Jill Stanek, Registered Nurse

“AB 179 is simple yet profound. It offers clear protections for when a viable baby is born alive after an unsuccessful abortion. Many have turned their backs with callous disregard for their lives. Babies born alive merit and deserve our protection… When I look at the list of the sponsors of this bill, I notice a great partisan divide. Is respect for life a partisan matter? Why are you not all supporters of these bills? You can support these measures and still believe in abortion, however sad that may be. These are not bills that are doing anything to limit abortions, but they are bills to clarify.” Scott Frostman, Pro-Life Advocate

“My birth mom thought of aborting me. I would not be here today if it weren’t for my mother’s decision to give me up for adoption. My adoptive parents were praying for a child, and my biological mom choosing life is the reason for me to be able to be here today. If you don’t want this child, think of who would and love to have one.” Evelyn Amorcle, Teenage Right to Life Advocate