|WASHINGTON (Feb. 24, 2020) Tomorrow afternoon, the Senate is expected to vote on both the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311).|
Since 2010, National Right to Life and its state affiliates have led the effort to protect pain-capable unborn children, starting with enactment of model legislation in Nebraska. Sixteen states have enacted the National Right to Life model legislation, and the law is currently in effect in 15.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 3275) extends protection to unborn children who are at least 20 weeks beyond fertilization. There is abundant evidence that by this point in development (and probably earlier), the unborn child has the capacity to experience excruciating pain during typical abortion procedures. The Senate needs 60 votes in order to advance this life-saving legislation.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) contains an explicit requirement that a baby born alive during an abortion must be afforded “the same degree” of care that would apply to any other child born who is spontaneously born prematurely, including transportation to a hospital.
Babies capable of feeling pain are considered by the medical profession to be a “second patient.” Babies born after an abortion are considered separate individuals in the eyes of the law and every effort should be made to preserve their lives.
This is what must be done immediately:
– Send an email to your U.S. Senator via the NRLC Legislative Action Center website here. After you enter your zip code, you will see the identity of your U.S. Senator and a suggested email message in favor of these bills that has been prepared for you, which you can modify as you wish. Using this method to send an email takes just takes a few minutes.
For more details on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, see here.
For more details on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, see here.
For their lives,
Jacki Ragan, Director, State Organizational Development and NRL Conventions, Inc.