Pro-Life Leaders Stage Sit-In At Speaker Boehner’s Office

Jude Abeler | Contributor

A group of pro-life activists gathered outside Speaker Boehner’s office Wednesday to implore him and other Republicans to revisit delayed anti-abortion legislation before they were promptly arrested by Capitol Police.

“The pro-life community is asking you to reaffirm your commitment to ending abortion and immediately schedule a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” leaders Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, Blogger Jill Stanek of JillStanek.com, and Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue wrote in a release.

“Mr. Speaker, this issue clearly rests on your shoulders.”

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and is a “landmark law that will protect women from traumatic late-term abortions and save the lives of thousands of babies each year from a barbaric and painful death,” the statement read.

They also pointed out that millions felt betrayed when the legislation was pulled on the eve of the 2015 March for Life, when thousands of Americans came to Washington, D.C. to march against abortion.

They said they were promised that the bill would be passed the day of the march on January 22, and when it was withdrawn, assurances were given that it would be “slightly revised and a vote rescheduled ‘immediately.'”

“Imagine our further sense of betrayal that, almost two months later, no vote has been rescheduled.”

Rev. Mahoney called on the Republican leadership to cease all business until it has been passed.

Below are tweeted photos of the demonstration, as well as the leaders’ encounter with authorities:

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