On Saturday, April 23, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier is scheduled to speak on “Living Mercy in Public Life” at the Burlingame Mercy Center. The Mercy Center is a conference center and retreat house operated by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy. Their website blurb for the event says, “we are honored to present Mercy High alumna, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, who will address the topic Living Mercy in Public Life”.
The invitation to Speier to speak on the topic of Mercy in Public Life is shocking given her consistent refusal to protect the unborn. Speier believes that abortions should always be legally available. NARAL Pro-Choice America rated Speier as 100% on interest group ratings. In 2008 Planned Parenthood gave Speier a 100% on her actions regarding abortion.
A small selection of Speier’s votes:
On May 31, 2012 Speier voted against the Pre-Natal Non-Discrimination Act, banning sex-selective abortions.
On July 31, 2012 she voted against the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
On June 18, 2013 Speier strongly opposed and voted against the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
On May 13, 2015 Speier voted against HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion at 20 weeks and later. The bill includes congressional recognition that an unborn child of 20 weeks has developed pain receptors and responds to painful stimuli.
But Speier’s ideological infatuation with abortion hunts down the unborn child even after birth. On September 18, 2015, Speier voted against H.R. 3504, the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. National Right to Life reported that this law “would enact an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded the same degree of care that would apply to any other child born alive at the same gestational age, including transportation to a hospital.”
After the bill was passed, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE), told LifeNews: “If this isn’t the most non-controversial sentence in American politics, it’s time to check our national conscience: newborn babies must receive care and attention. Societies are judged by how we care for the vulnerable and surely anyone with a heart— regardless of where they stand on the abortion debate— should be able to agree that our laws should protect newborns.”
Jackie Speier, whom the Sisters of Mercy are “honored to present” as a speaker on Mercy in Public Life, voted against this.
To contact the Mercy Center: 650-340-7474.
To contact the Archdiocese of San Francisco: 415-614-5500.