Senate begins debate on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, vote scheduled for Tuesday

By Dave Andrusko

SenateHR36reWhat a remarkable five days for our Movement. Last Friday, the House of Representatives passed two important bills–one to extend federal legal protection to babies who are born alive during abortions [H.R. 3504] , and another to suspend all federal funding to affiliates of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America [H.R. 3134].Today the Senate will debate the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and tomorrow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will force a Senate vote on H.R. 36.

The House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 13, 2015, by a vote of 242-184.

This legislation is based on a model bill originated by NRLC in 2010, which has since been enacted in 12 states. As NRLC noted last week, “The upcoming Senate vote will be the first time that the Senate has cast a vote on limiting late abortions since 2003, when the Senate gave final approval to the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.”

Add to that another protective bill. The Dismemberment Abortion Ban Act (H.R. 3515) was introduced in the House September 16 by Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), co-chairman of the House Pro-Life Caucus, with Vicki Hartzler (R-Mo.), Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), and Trent Franks (R-Az.) as original cosponsors. It, too, is based on a model state bill proposed by National Right to Life, enacted this year in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The bill defines “dismemberment abortion” as “knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off . . .”

This definition largely overlaps with what those in the abortion trade currently refer to as “dilation and evacuation” or “dilation and extraction” (D&E) abortions. The method is commonly used starting at about 14 weeks of pregnancy, and extending into the third trimester.

We posted last week about the President’s promise to veto the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act because he thinks the bill (HR 3504) “would likely have a chilling effect” on access to late abortions.

What Mr. Obama is promising to do is shield abortionists who kill a baby who is born alive during an abortion, either through overt acts of violence or gross neglect.

But, regardless what Mr. Obama and his fellow pro-abortionists in the House and Senate want, pro-lifers believe there is an irresistible awakening taking place. It is gathering speed, accelerated by the attention the dismemberment abortion bills are gathering and the pit-of-the-stomach revulsion to the scandalously dehumanizing language of assorted Planned Parenthood officials captured in undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.

And as the public learns more about elected officials who would allow abortionists to kill babies who survive abortions and who are wedded to the idea there is no better use of your tax dollars than filling up PPFA’s coffers, the campaign will pick up even more momentum.

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