The House of Representatives today voted for the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or PACT bill, will now make acts against animals a felony.
The legislation, sponsored by pro-abortion Florida congressmen Ted Deutch and Vern Buchanan would make animal abuse a federal crime with serious penalties and sentence abusers to as much as seven years in prison.
This includes the crushing, burning, drowning, suffocation, or other violence causing serious bodily injury to animals. The new law will also revise a previous law passed in 2010 that banned “crush videos,” or videos showing animals being tortured to death by humans.
Right now, federal law only prohibits animal fighting and criminalizes abusers when they create and sell videos showing animal cruelty.
If passed, the new law will allow authorities to arrest animal abusers since they will now have federal jurisdiction and not be bound by state laws.
The PACT Act will permit authorities to go after those who abuse domestic pets. But when it comes to abuse — and death — of babies who survive abortions, Democrats are silent.
Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats continue to refuse a request to allow a vote on the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, legislation that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
House Democrats refused a vote on the bill 80 times — reading the same statement they have read the previous 79 occasions that claims there is no bipartisan agreement to bring the bill up for a vote. Despite the claim, Republican leaders have repeatedly asked Pelosi and top Democrats to reach an agreement for the bill to receive a vote.
Brittany Hughes of the Media Research Center pointed out the hypocrisy.
“The House just unanimously passed a bill making it a federal crime to abuse an animal. And while that’s all fine, well and good, this same House under Democratic leadership still refuses to take up a bill that would mandate medical care for human babies born alive following a botched abortion. Because apparently, kicking a dog is worthy of jail time, but leaving a living, breathing infant to die alone in a closet is no big deal,” she said.
Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council agrees.
“Maybe the DNC’s strategists are out to lunch, or maybe the Left really is this shameless, but I can’t wait to see some of these politicians standing on debate platforms next year telling the American people that when it comes to protecting living things: We chose cats over kids,” he said. “I suppose we should also tell firefighters when they run into burning houses to look for the pets first? After all, on the Democrats’ sliding scale of “wantedness,” shouldn’t we find out how loved someone is before we decide if they’re worth saving?”
Earlier this year, Democrats voted to fund infanticide. LHHS Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK) offered an amendment to withhold funds to any medical entity that does not ensure that any infant born alive following an abortion receives the same medical care as any other infant born at the same gestational age. Every Republican voted for the pro-life amendment to stop infanticide while every Democrat on the committee, except Texas Democrat Henry Cuellar, voted for infanticide.
In April, Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Representative Ann Wagner moved forward with a discharge petition to force Speaker Pelosi to schedule a vote. That’s a petition any member of Congress can sign to allow legislation to move out of committee and to the House floor when the party controlling Congress refuses to allow a vote on it.
So far, 201 members have signed on, including three Democrats — short of the majority necessary to get the bill to the floor for a vote.
The blocking of a vote on a bill to stop infanticide come even as national polling shows Americans — including people who are “pro-choice” on abortion — oppose abortion up to birth and infanticide. And doctors indicate abortions are never needed to protect a woman’s health and women admit having abortions on healthy babies.
And a new poll finds a massive 17 percent shift in the pro-life direction after Democrats have pushed abortions up to birth and infanticide nationally.
H.R. 962, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.
Every single Democrat in the Senate who is running for president voted against a bill that would stop infanticide and provide medical care and treatment for babies who are born alive after botched abortions. That includes Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Amy Klobuchar.
While they all voted to support infanticide, President Trump spoke out against infanticide in two tweets saying that it’s nothing short of “executing” babies to let them die after failed abortions.
ACTION: Contact members of Congress and urge them to sign the Discharge Petition to bring the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act to the House floor for a vote.
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Author: Steven Ertelt