Will a Focus on Adoption Be Key for Pro-Life Advocates Moving Forward?

Based on overwhelming success at the state level, the House has managed to move forward on a bill that would ban abortion after 22 weeks–20 weeks after fertilization.

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday on a party line vote amidst more controversy regarding rape comments made by Arizona Republican U.S. Rep. Trent Franks.

During a markup Wednesday Franks said the “incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” Franks has since clarified that he intended to say that the number of abortions due to rape after the start of the sixth month of gestation would be low, not the number of rapes resulting in pregnancy.

The House bill is symbolic for Pro-life advocates, as it has near zero chance to pass in a Democrat-controlled Senate, but is bringing the debate to the national stage once again.

A frequent comeback from the left to those who seek to ban abortion is the question of who will take care of the children from unwanted pregnancies. These unwanted children may be born into families that cannot financially support them, some may be born with disabilities requiring long term and often expensive care. As pro-life advocates try to round out their response to these critics, is a message that focuses on stronger pro-adoption and adoption incentives a solution moving forward?

President of March for Life Jeanne Monahan joined “Real News” to discuss the pro-life legislation in Congress now and how advocates are planning to shape their message moving forward considering a stronger focus adoption.

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