NRLC Supports New Nationwide Ban on Late Abortions to End Gosnell-style Atrocities



Americans were shocked at the murders of innocent babies and other crimes of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. They’re glad he’s going to prison and won’t ever be able to kill another baby, inside or outside the womb.

But if you think that ends the atrocities, think again.

The tragic reality is that there may be other Gosnells in your own state or community. History tells us wherever late abortions occur, there’s a heightened risk of the killing or neglect of babies born alive, and of medical dangers to their mothers.

  • For example, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently called for an investigation of multiple allegations that Houston abortionist Douglas Karpen delivered live babies during late abortions and killed them by twisting their heads off their little necks.
  • LeRoy Carhart, who sued in the U.S. Supreme Court for his “right” to commit partial-birth abortions (now illegal), moved his late abortion practice from Nebraska to Maryland, a state where he can perform late abortions with impunity. A patient of his recently died after requiring emergency treatment at a nearby hospital, and according to a new undercover video tape by the group Live Action, Carhart describes how a baby he aborts softens like “meat in a Crock-Pot.”
  • Gosnell didn’t just do abortions at his Philadelphia facility; he also worked at an abortion clinic in Delaware. There, abortionists Albert Dworkin and Arturo Apolinario had their licenses temporarily suspended, and Apolinario is reportedly charged with a crime similar to what first brought Gosnell to the attention of federal authorities – illegally prescribing drugs.
  • James Pendergraft is known to Floridians and Virginians for a long and sordid history, including a criminal conviction and having his medical license suspended in Florida four times. But he reportedly has kept his abortion clinics operating by hiring other abortionists to continue performing late abortions. He lost a court decision in 2011 in which a jury awarded $36.7 million for injuries in an abortion in which a baby girl was born alive, but has suffered life-long handicaps. Lifesitenews reported that a witness to the trial said a clinic staffer “cavalierly stated that yes, babies were delivered into the toilet all the time and many times are still alive, wiggling around in the toilet.”

This list goes on and on. It’s time it stopped!

(Click below to see expert medical testimony in Congress on how some of these late abortions are performed. Warning: the description is graphic in nature).

National Right to Life has helped create and pass effective laws in nine states that stop the abuse of elective late abortions. The laws are called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and they ban elective abortions at the stage when compelling medical evidence shows an unborn baby can feel pain.

When our law was passed in its first state, Nebraska, it stopped LeRoy Carhart from doing late abortions there. But tragically, he simply packed up his deadly instruments and began performing abortions in another state.

The lesson is these late abortions won’t end until we outlaw them everywhere!

That’s why we are so excited to announce that U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is authoring a bill that will ban these abortions nationwide when a baby is capable of feeling pain, generally said to be before 20 weeks in the womb. The first hearing on what will become the nationwide Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) will be held Thursday, May 23rd at 10:00 the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.

You can help pass this life-saving law! Please help us build the case in Congress and across the country to pass this legislation!

We plan to run ads on the need for this legislation – please help us pay to air them!

We need to increase our media outreach and grassroots contacts through all channels, such as mail, phone, and internet to get Americans everywhere to support the bill and tell their Members of Congress to support it – please help us pay for that outreach!

America is not this barbaric. Please help us prove that and save these vulnerable babies – babies developed enough to feel the excruciating pain that accompanies an abortion – by passing this humane law.

But we will need your help to do it! Please forward this important message about this ground-breaking bill. Please talk about the need for Rep. Franks’ bill with your Members of Congress. There are easy-to-use tools to do this available on the NRLC Legislative Action Center. And please share a generous donation of $50, or $100 or perhaps $500 so we can get the word out to every corner of this great land.

Help is coming for these helpless babies! Please join me in doing everything we can to save their lives and end the nation-wide atrocity of late abortions!

Carol Tobias
National Right to Life President