The following comes from an August 30 story on

A letter from the National Right to Life Committee sent to all congressmen urging them to support the federal “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 1797) has stirred a debate in pro-life circles over the best way to handle pro-life lawmakers who choose not to vote in favor of an incremental bill because they believe it isn’t pro-life enough.

Last week pro-life activist Monica Kelsey, who was conceived in rape, published the text of National Fight to Life’s’s letter, which said that any legislator who voted against the pain-capable bill, “no matter what justification is offered,” would be considered as having voted “to allow unlimited abortion in the sixth month or later.”

The letter adds that this is how the vote “will be reported in our scorecard of key right-to-life roll calls of the 113th Congress, and in subsequent communications from National Right to Life to grassroots pro-life citizens in every state.”

The problem for Kelsey and several other pro-life activists, however, is that this threat applies not only to pro-abortion lawmakers, but also to legislators such as staunchly pro-life Georgia Reps. Paul Broun and Rob Woodall. Woodall and Broun both voted against the pain-capable bill, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, due to a last-minute decision by Republican leadership to exclude from protection babies conceived in rape and incest.

“I have nothing bad to say about any of the people who are working for and volunteering for Right to Life, they are my favorite people on earth!” wrote Kelsey on her blog. But, she said, group’s strategy of marking a vote against an incremental bill by a staunchly pro-life legislator opposed to exceptions the same as one by a pro-abortion congressman is “degrading to me and my friends who fight every day to show the value of a child conceived in rape.”

Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, agreed with Kesley, telling  that he was “deeply disappointed” when he received word “that our 100 percent pro-life congressmen were being threatened by National Right to Life with censure if they voted as the majority of Georgians expected them to vote.” Georgia Right to Life had withdrawn their endorsement of the pain-capable blil after the exceptions were added….


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