Life by John Shimkus

This was sent to his e-mail subscribers on February 3, 2019.

For decades, abortion advocates argued that terminating a pregnancy ought to be “safe, legal, and rare.” Those days are sadly long gone. This year we’ve seen some of the most aggressive assaults on the right to life in recent memory. 

Since winning the House majority, Democrats in Congress have pledged to repeal the Hyde Amendment that has prohibited direct federal funding of abortions since 1976. Meanwhile, Democrat-controlled state legislatures in New York and Virginia have advanced bills to allow abortions as late as during delivery. The Governor of Virginia even suggested the bill in his state would allow a born-alive infant to be “kept comfortable” while the child’s fate is discussed

These ghoulish proposals are radical even by mainstream pro-choice standards. The vast majority of Americans, and even the majority of pro-choice Americans, favor at least some limits on abortion. 

My position on the fundamental right to life has never changed and never will. As I have in previous years, I have again asked that my name be added as a cosponsor of the pro-life bills below: 

This bill prohibits taxpayer dollars from going to America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, for one year and reallocates the savings to community health centers that offer women and families more services in more locations than Planned Parenthood. 

  • H.R. __, the Life at Conception Act, to be introduced by Rep. Alex Mooney (R, West Virginia-02)

This bill declares that life begins at conception and extends legal protections to children still in the womb.

  • H.R. __, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, to be introduced by Rep. Chris Smith (R, New Jersey-04)

This bill prohibits performing an abortion on an unborn baby who is 20 weeks or older. 

This bill prohibits an abortion if an unborn child’s heartbeat is detectable. 

While these bills are unlikely to be considered by the House of Representatives during this Congress, I will oppose any legislation brought up for a vote that deprives anyone of any age their fundamental human dignity and right to life.


John Shimkus

Member of Congress

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