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Monday, May 18, 2015

‘Step Up, Senate!’

AFA Calls on Senators to Follow House’s Example and Pass Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

TUPELO, Miss.—After the House of Representatives passed the historic Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act last week, American Family Association (AFA, is calling on the Senate to follow the example and do the same to protect unborn babies.

On Wednesday, the House passed the bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“The House of Representatives stepped up last week to protect innocent lives and possibly begin to reverse the ugly mark that abortion has left on America’s landscape,” said AFA President Tim Wildmon. “Now, the Senate must follow suit and pass this measure as well, in a unified voice to respect and protect life.”

President Barack Obama has said he would veto a ban on abortions after 20 weeks, issuing a veto threat in January, reported A recent report in the New York Times, however, highlighted a study in The New England Journal of Medicine, which found that some babies survive with treatment after being born as early as 22 weeks—further demonstrating the humanity of unborn babies.

“Abortion at any stage is a horrific practice,” Wildmon continued, “When you consider, though, that unborn babies who are fully capable of experiencing pain are being killed in the womb with sensory experiences of their brutal deaths, it is incomprehensible that anyone would oppose a ban on dismembering or otherwise slaughtering these innocent babies.”

The House passed a similar ban in 2013, but the bill failed to garner enough votes in the pro-abortion Senate. AFA is asking all pro-life Americans to contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to support this critical legislation that protects the most vulnerable lives.

AFA offers its friends and supporters several mobile apps through The AFA Action Alerts app, with breaking news and action alerts, is available for the iPhone and iPad on the Apple App Store, on Google Play and on the Amazon Appstore for Android. The AFR (American Family Radio) app is available for Apple and Android products, and the AFA Action app with, for example, voter information at election time, is available on Apple and Android platforms.

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To interview a representative from American Family Association, contact Deborah Hamilton at, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association in 1988. Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family organizations in the country with more than one million online supporters and approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry’s monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations across the country under the American Family Radio banner.

Other divisions of AFA include American Family Radio, the AFA Foundation and, an online news provider that is syndicated around the world. AFA maintains activist web sites such as that rally Christian activists to contact companies asking them to drop their advertising from objectionable TV shows. AFA websites average over 6 million unique visitors and 44 million hits per year. AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice throughout America.