By Dave Andrusko
It was on the first day of the newly constituted 114th House of Representative that two Republicans reintroduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill passed the House 228-196 in June 2013 only to be bottled up by the then-Democratically controlled Senate.
Fortunately, the Senate Majority Leader is now pro-life Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who replaced pro-abortion Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
This landmark legislation would provide nationwide protection for unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, as demonstrated by abundant medical evidence. The bill is based on model legislation developed by the National Right to Life Committee.
In the House, Rep.Trent Franks (Az) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn) did the honors on Tuesday in introducing H.R. 36
Rep. Franks said
“I would just deeply encourage all interested parties, including fair-minded reporters, to simply read this bill. It is one all humane Americans can support if they understand it for themselves.
“Throughout America’s history, the hearts of the American people have been moved with compassion when they discover a theretofore hidden class of victims, once they grasp both the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them.
“America is on the cusp of another such realization.”
Rep. Blackburn added
“The United States is one of the few remaining countries in the world that allows abortion after 20 weeks. That is why today we renew our efforts to protect the lives of babies and their mothers with the introduction of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Rep. Franks and I have been a good team moving this legislation through the House as we continue to lead the fight to ensure the unborn are provided the same protection that all human life deserves.”
Not expecting anything new, I was curious nonetheless to see what pro-abortionists would say. Here are a couple of examples.
The first is from Emily Crockett, described as a “Federal Policy Reporter” for the pro-abortion website RH Reality Check. Of course, the ability of the unborn child to experience pain at 20 weeks fetal age is “a discredited notion.” It’s nothing of the sort, but it does remind you of something we wrote elsewhere today at NRL News Today.
Pro-abortionists believe if you say something enough times, people will either be worn down or accept it as the truth. You can read just some of the extensive evidence that unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by 20 weeks fetal age, on the NRLC website; and also at www.doctorsonfetalpain.com.
Second, they remain acutely sensitive to the legacy of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the need to segregate Gosnell who Crockett calls a “criminal abortion provider.” An interesting choice of words; usually they prefer labeling Gosnell an “outlier” or a “rogue.”
But what tells you just how out of touch abortion advocates like Crockett are is her comment that
Invoking Gosnell has been a favorite strategy of Republicans eager to disgust Americans with the idea that abortions after 20 weeks are “late-term.” The 20-week mark falls in the middle of the second trimester, and is the point in pregnancy at which many devastating fetal anomalies are detected.
Well, to the overwhelming majority of the American population, it is disgusting that huge unborn babies, extremely well-developed, can be put to death often employing means that can only be described as barbaric. Which is why it is so crucial that the Abortion Industry keeps peddling the line that babies at 20 weeks (and, of course, beyond) cannot (repeat cannot) feel pain.
Then there is Tara Culp-Ressler, writing at Thinkprogress.org. To save time, let’s just briefly talk about her concluding paragraph:
A 2013 poll commissioned by Planned Parenthood found that when voters learn more about those reasons why a woman may need a later procedure, they oppose 20-week abortion bans.
We’ve addressed that phony baloney poll previously. There have been a series of genuine polls testing where the public is.
For example, in a nationwide poll of 1,003 registered voters in March 2013, The Polling Company found that 64% would support a law such as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks — when an unborn baby can feel pain — unless the life of the mother is in danger. Only 30% opposed such legislation. Women voters split 63%-31% in support of such a law, and 63% of independent voters supported it.
We will keep you updated on the progress of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.