Reflecting the incredible progress made in fetal medicine, Sen. Graham and Rep. Smith reintroduce “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act”

By Dave Andrusko

At a press conference held yesterday, NRLC President Carol Tobias contrasted the Democrats’ anything-goes abortion proposals with the “Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act” which surveys show has very strong support among the American people.

Pro-life champions Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Chris Smith reintroducing legislation to protect these children from a hideously death.

“This bill would protect unborn children at 15 weeks, a point by which science shows that the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods,” she said. “It stands in stark contrast to the Democrats’ support of radical legislation like the so-called ‘Women’s Health Protection Act.’”

The WHPA would establish abortion on demand, with no limits throughout pregnancy, as federal law. “While proponents of the WHPA claim the bill would codify Roe v Wade, don’t be fooled– it goes much, much further,” Tobias said.

Smith explained that a recent Harvard poll shows 72% percent of Americans, including 75% percent of women, oppose abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. “A Marist poll from January 2022 similarly reported that 71% of Americans oppose abortion after the first three months of pregnancy,” according to Smith, co-chair of the House pro-life caucus.

And these are not “rare” abortions. According to data published on Monday, each year approximately 55,800 unborn children are killed by abortion at 15 weeks gestation or later.

And if the public had the slightest idea what happens to these children, positive response would be even greater.

“The extreme pro-abortion bill—which has passed the Democrat House twice—would legally authorize and enable the violent death of unborn baby girls and boys by dismemberment, decapitation, forced expulsion from the womb, deadly poisons, and other methods at any time and for any reason until birth,” said Smith.

“The dismemberment abortion—the most common abortion method used during the second trimester—involves beheading, cutting and dismembering the child’s fragile body including severing his or her arms and legs,” Smith said. “Until rendered unconscious or dead, the baby feels every cut.”

“We all dread pain, avoid it, and even fear it,” said Smith. “And we all go to extraordinary lengths to mitigate its severity and its duration for ourselves. Yet every day, a whole segment of human beings is being subjected to painful—and deadly—procedures. This unconscionable human rights abuse must stop.”

Smith added, “Thanks to incredible progress made in science, we now know that by at least 15 weeks unborn babies killed by abortion experience excruciating suffering and physical pain. Our legislation responds to the scientific advances already recognized in fetal medicine by increasing human rights protection for these children.”

Smith also highlighted a TIME Magazine cover story entitled “Saving Preemies” that explored the preemie revolution and how medicine and dedicated caregivers are helping the tiniest babies to survive and thrive.

According to TIME, “thanks to advances that had not been made even a few years ago, the odds of surviving and thriving are improving all the time.”

“Abortionists on the other hand are in the business of ensuring that children neither survive nor thrive,” said Smith. “Unborn children, including children with disabilities, deserve treatment not excruciating deaths by dismemberment.”