- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 26, 2015

Seven pro-life activists were reportedly arrested by U.S. Capitol police on Wednesday after staging a prayer protest outside the office of House Speaker John Boehner.

The activists were protesting the House Republican leadership’s failure to call a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would prohibit abortion 20 weeks after fertilization, CNS News reported.

The bill was shelved before it was set to be voted on Jan. 22 after some Republican congresswomen objected to the bill’s rape and incest exceptions, CNS reported.

Prominent pro-life activist and nurse Jill Stanek was reportedly among the protesters arrested Wednesday.

“I’ve always felt my voice was well-heard, speaking and writing,” Ms. Stanek said during the protest, CNS reported. “But when this bill failed to be brought forward on Jan. 22, I was just so frustrated and disgusted with our Republican House leadership, that they would abandon these babies over political maneuvering.”

Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue, a Christian pro-life organization, was also reportedly arrested Wednesday.

“We were told yesterday by Speaker Boehner’s office that this is the most pro-life Congress that has ever been installed,” he said, CNS reported. “And yet a ban on late-term abortions, which the vast majority of Americans believe should be passed immediately, this bill has languished in the House, in the so-called most pro-life House in the last 70 years, it has languished for three months.”

Protesters knelt in the hallway in front of Mr. Boehner’s office and recited the Lord’s Prayer. Within minutes, more than a dozen police officers arrived and warned protesters that they would face arrest if they continued “engaging in unlawful activity,” CNS reported.

The protesters refused and each of them was placed in plastic handcuffs and escorted out of the area.

Police also arrested the Rev. Pat Mahoney, director of the Christian Defense Coalition, and four other women, CNS News reported.

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