By Dave Andrusko
Hardly a surprise that House passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was essentially blocked out on the networks and dismissed as posturing by abortion-happy reporters and columnists.
But if you came to NRL News Today, you could read powerful statements from committed pro-life Congressmen, the kind that make anyone not firmly in the anti-life camp ponder the meaning of slaughtering unborn babies capable of experiencing horrific pain during an abortion. (See, for example, here; here; here; and here.)
Rep. Diane Black remarked from her background as a nurse.
When I became a nurse over 40 years ago, I vowed to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care,” whether they were born or unborn. I am still committed to that today.
40 years later, science tells us that after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the womb.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects those who cannot protect themselves when handed a death sentence.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, like Rep. Black speaking during floor debate on H.R. 36, laid out the truth about fetal pain, plain and simple:
The fact is, children at 20 weeks feel pain. Science increasingly shows it. The European Journal of Anesthesiology describes how it is ‘critical’ to administer anesthesia during fetal surgery procedures. You know, a standard text on human development, Patten’s Foundations of Embryology, shows how the basics of the nervous system are formed by week four.
Doctor Ronald Brusseau of Boston’s Children’s Hospital wrote that by week 18, children have developed sensory receptors for pain. Two independent studies in 2006 used brain scans and showed unborn children respond to pain.
These children have noses, eyes, and ears. You can hear their heartbeats and feel them move. They are human.
Speaker Paul Ryan helped his colleagues see the seductive power of willful ignorance:
It is easy to turn a blind eye to the pain of others. For a moment, it can feel like ignoring it means that it does not exist.
But our hearts and minds will always remind us: We cannot stop the pain of the world by turning away from it. And we must not turn away from the pain of the most vulnerable among us—the ones who have nowhere to run to.
Our humanity shines brightest when we stand up for those who are suffering, when we protect people from pain.
And who could not be stirred by these remarks from Rep. Chris Smith who co-chairs the House pro-life caucus?
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act recognizes the medical evidence that unborn children feel pain.
It is no wonder that 60 percent of Americans believe that abortion should not be permitted after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
It is shocking that the United States is one of only 7 countries on Earth—including North Korea and China—that allows abortion on demand after 20 weeks.
American citizens and nearly every other nation recognize the truth: it is past time for our nation to do the right thing and end this violence against children.
Senator Lindsey Graham introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into the Senate on Thursday. Read this comment carefully:
There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea. The United States should not be in that club. I don’t believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation. America is at her best when she’s standing up for the least among us and the sooner we pass this legislation into law, the better. We are on the right side of history.
Sen. Graham put it perfectly. Those dedicated to stopping the annihilation of pain-capable unborn children are on the right side of history.
It is not if we will prevail on behalf of the children, but when.