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Respect Life Contact:

Bob Wurzelbacher
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100 East Eighth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-3131 voice
(513) 421-1582 fax

Bob Wurzelbacher  x 2624
Teresa Kaltenbach, Admin. Asst. x 2653

Noreen Wendeln
1436 Needmore Rd.
Dayton OH 45414
(937) 222-0227 voice
(937) 279-9482 fax

Pain-Capable Protection Act

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Office for Respect Life Ministries is joining with the Catholic Social Action Office on a campaign to generate as many letters as we can to our state senators, urging them to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans late-term abortions after 20 weeks on the basis that the fetus is capable of feeling pain during abortion at that point of pregnancy. This bill passed the House of Representatives in October of 2017 and is currently pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee under bill number S.1922.

In recent years, we have conducted two other popular Archdiocesan-wide letter-writing campaigns, one on nutrition programs for the poor and another on legal residency for young migrants.  Encouraged by your support, we will continue to advocate for the life and dignity of the poor and vulnerable everywhere, including the unborn.

The Office for Respect Life Ministries and Catholic Social Action will collect letters in two phases.  The first phase will be between now and January 16, 2018, in time to hand-deliver the letters to our Ohio senators at the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 19, 2018. We will follow-up with a second phase to deliver the remainder of letters collected after that date to their local offices.  The U.S. Catholic Bishops support this bill, and Archbishop Schnurr recently released this statement concerning his support of the bill:

The Church stands with the unborn, their mothers and the majority of Americans in our abhorrence of late-term abortions.  The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a wonderful opportunity to protect the lives of unborn children who, according to medical evidence, can feel and respond to pain.  It also protects their mothers who could become victims of risky procedures associated with abortions performed after 20 weeks.  I ask all Catholics to join me in support of this legislation by contacting your legislators to pass this common-sense law.