Sen. McConnell Calls on Senate to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act


By Dave Andrusko

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky)

On the anniversary of the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a statement calling on his Senate colleagues to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first-degree murder for killing infants he had aborted alive by slitting their necks.

Senator McConnell said in his statement Mitch McConnell

“It was one year ago this week that Americans across the country first learned the name of a Philadelphia abortionist named Kermit Gosnell. The Gosnell trial shocked the conscience of the nation and awakened many to the dangerous conditions that can exist at abortion clinics nationwide. It prompted a renewed commitment to ensuring that health and safety standards at these clinics are actually enforced, and it led to the humane effort to ensure that late-term babies who have developed to the point that they are capable of feeling pain are protected from rogue doctors and lax regulators alike. At the federal level, this effort resulted in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House last summer in a historic pro-life vote. Senator Lindsey Graham has sponsored a companion bill in the Senate, and I am proud to stand with the Pro-Life Women’s Caucus in Congress and a clear majority of women nationwide in support of this common-sense legislation. It is time for America to join the ranks of most other developed nations around the world and restrict abortion at least at the point at which science tells us that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. On this anniversary of the Gosnell trial, let’s show the world that we remember those who have been victimized by people like Kermit Gosnell and unite in this positive and life-affirming effort to safeguard the most vulnerable among us. Let’s take up this important pro-life legislation and send it to the President.”

Sen. McConnell is opposed by pro-abortion challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes (D).