An urgent message from National Right to Life President Carol Tobias
Dear Pro-Life American:
Did you know that in our nation’s capital, unborn children daily are subjected to terribly painful deaths, even during the sixth and seventh months of pregnancy, or even later? Did you know that these practices are perfectly legal — because in the District of Columbia, abortion is now legal at any point in pregnancy, for any reason, as long as someone is willing to pay the abortionist for the gruesome “service”?
Our nation was created when the original group of sovereign states came together and formed a federated republic — the United States of America. Article I of the Constitution established that the national seat of government would be placed forever not within any state, but in a special Federal District — and that the Congress would “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District.”
In other words, our nation’s capital city was to be governed directly by the elected representatives from throughout the nation. This means, of course, that our congressional representatives — and ultimately we, who elect them — are responsible for the policies that govern our nation’s capital city.
So then, what would the Framers of our Constitution say if they returned today — and learned, to their horror, that well-developed unborn babies are legally being put to death, in terrible pain, virtually within the shadow of the U.S. Capitol?
One abortion “clinic,” situated not far from the Capitol Mall and the White House, openly advertises abortion on demand up to the beginning of the seventh month of pregnancy — payable by a credit card. (“Checks and money orders are not accepted.”) This abortion facility mentions the method used for its late abortions — “dilatation and evacuation,” also known as “dilation and evacuation” or “D&E.” However, they do not explain that in a D&E — shown in this medical illustration — the abortionist grasps the little arms and legs of the well-developed unborn baby and literally tears them off, one by one, by brute manual force.
The baby is alive, of course, at the beginning of this dismemberment abortion. The baby certainly experiences excruciating pain as her limbs are twisted off with steel forceps.
Another abortionist advertises abortions “in Washington, D.C.,” even in the seventh and eighth months. He describes using a different method — employing ultrasound while thrusting a needle into the heart of the unborn child, and then injecting a lethal substance (either air, or a drug). This “service,” he advises, is “not inexpensive,” and that “payment can only be made by a bank electronic transfer.”
In testimony in a federal lawsuit, a nationally recognized expert on fetal pain, Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, testified that in a heart-penetrating procedure, the baby would feel pain “from the point of entry of the needle into the fetal body to the point when fetal demise occurs as a result of cardiac arrest.”
Technical medical jargon — but underneath it, a terrible reality. All of this is happening today — virtually in the shadow of the Capitol.
Who can put a stop to this? The Congress of the United States, and — if he would — the President.
On January 23, 2012, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az.), with the strong support of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803). In this bill, Congress would declare that at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the capacity to experience pain — and, on that basis, the bill would prohibit abortions within the Federal District (except when acute physical problems endanger the life of the mother) from that point on (from the beginning of the sixth month, in layperson’s terminology).
Already, the bill is coming under fierce attack from pro-abortion forces, and in the liberal news media. Congressman Franks is also being made the target of harsh personal attacks.
We need your help to push forward quickly, in the face of these attacks, which will only grow more intense. We need to combat the smokescreens of misinformation and misleading rhetoric that the well-funded abortion industry, and its many allies in the liberal news media, will generate as the debate heats up on this issue.
How can you help? First, you can donate to National Right to Life. This will assist us in educating the public, and federal lawmakers, about the capacity of unborn children to experience pain when they are killed, and about the urgent need for this legislation. We have the evidence that the unborn child has the capacity to feel pain by 20 weeks (or earlier) — but we need to place that evidence before the American people and their elected representatives.
Second, you can take a few minutes to use the easy tools on our website to send a message to your own representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, asking him or her to cosponsor, and to urge quick action on, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803). Click here to send a message to your representative in the U.S. House of Representatives. You will be shown a suggested message, which you can modify as you see fit.
Please act today. And pray that the members of Congress will hear the cries of the unborn children whose lives will continue to be ended, in great pain, until they act.
For their lives,
PS. Of course, the District of Columbia is not the only place in which pain-capable unborn children are being torn limb from limb. During 2010 and 2011, National Right to Life and its state affiliates have successfully advocated for enactment of bans on abortion of pain-capable unborn children (20 weeks and later) in five states: Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Alabama, and Oklahoma. Legislatures in many additional states are expected to consider such NRLC-backed bills during 2012. But remember — under the Constitution, only the Congress has the authority to put an end to these horrors in the District of Columbia. So please act today to assist us in enacting Congressman Franks’ bill, and urge your like-minded friends and family members to do the same.