Sen. Graham holds hearing on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

By Dave Andrusko

Carol Tobias, NRLC President, speaking at a press conference this morning in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The press conference that took place prior to today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was packed with reporters. As it should have been.

S 160 is an important piece of legislation, one that speaks to our very character as a people. Are we really going to sit idly by while unborn children, capable of experiencing pain, are brutally aborted?

Not if Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has anything to say about it. He has introduced the bill and spoke about S 160 at length in the hearing that he chaired today. More about his remarks in just a second.

NRLC President Carol Tobias spoke first at the preceding press conference. She said

Patients are often asked, “On a scale of 1-10, how bad is your pain?” We hope we never have to answer with an 8, or 9, or 10.

Unborn children don’t get to answer that question.

One-fourth of premature infants now survive when born at this stage. For those, at this age, who are aborted, the most common procedure used is one in which the unborn child’s arms and legs are twisted off by brute manual force, using a long stainless steel clamping tool. To deny that these babies feel pain is to deny a large body of scientific and medical research and is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

We are proud to stand with Sen. Graham on this legislation and encourage the Senate to protect pain-capable unborn children.

Sen. Graham spoke about this grim reality a number of times at the hearing which was aptly titled “Abortion Until Birth: The Need to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”

Here is a sample:

“[The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act] would provide common-sense protections for unborn children at 20 weeks after fertilization, a point at which there is significant scientific evidence that abortion inflicts tremendous pain on the unborn child.”

“America is at her best when she is standing up for the least among us. We know that an unborn child at the twentieth week of pregnancy can feel pain. In fact, anesthesia is administered directly to the unborn child in second trimester fetal surgery.”

“If medical science tells us that the baby is well-developed at five months… developed enough to feel excruciating pain in a procedure to save the baby’s life, then we should have restrictions on abortion. You can only imagine the pain that comes from dismemberment.”

“The bill focuses on the abortion provider, not the mother. There can be no prosecution of the woman; the penalties will lie against the abortionist. And it is a simple concept: at five months, abortion on demand will stop. You will have exceptions for the life of the mother and pregnancies that occur from rape and incest.”

“These are emotional issues, but the country needs to come to grips with the reality of 2019. In 2019, because of the advancement of medical science, we know an unborn child in the fifth month of the birthing process can recognize sounds, has ten fingers and ten toes, can stretch, can yawn, and can feel pain. It is up to people in legislative bodies to come to their aid and prevent an excruciating death and have exceptions that make sense.”

Abortion Survivor Melissa Ohden was one of the witnesses who testified. In 1977 she was the victim of a saline abortion in her seventh month but survived. She told the committee

[S]adly, children just like me are being subjected to similarly horrific, painful abortion procedures that lead to their death. Abortion doesn’t spare a child from suffering, it causes suffering.

We live in a day and time where the science of human development, the power of ultrasound, and the sheer number of survivors like me clearly shows the truth about life. I know of 281 others just like me through my work as the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, although statistics reflect that the actual number is much higher.

There should no longer be a question of when life begins. There should no longer be the question of which lives, if any, should be protected.

There should be no question of whether there should be limits to abortion. We are one of the few nations who fail to do so, and the American public continues to report through polling that they support such limits.

There should be no question that every child should be spared from the excruciating pain of an abortion procedure like I was subjected to.

The question that does remain, however, is what you will do in the face of this reality about life and abortion in our nation. I’m here today to ask you, will you commit to preventing what happened to me from happening to other children?

Every child deserves better than to suffer the pain of an abortion.

You can watch Sen. Graham’s opening remarks here.