A sign of the abortion “litmus test” in the Democratic party, only three Democrats in the U.S. House voted Wednesday for a bill to prohibit late-term abortions when unborn babies can feel pain.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the U.S. House on Wednesday in a 237-189 vote. The bill would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks when strong scientific evidence indicates unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. Twenty weeks also is very close to the point of viability.
Despite strong public support, the bill received “yes” votes from only three Democrats in the House: Illinois Rep. Daniel Lipinski (a co-sponsor of the bill), Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson and Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, according to the Daily Caller.
The three congressmen bucked the growing push by Democratic leaders to support a radical pro-abortion platform. In 2016, the Democratic National Committee adopted a platform calling for taxpayer funding of abortions and unrestricted abortion on demand up until birth.
More recently, several Democratic leaders have said there is no room in the party for pro-life candidates. And in August, Tom Steyer, the single largest donor to the Democratic Party in recent years, said he will give money only to pro-abortion candidates.
The debate really flared up in the spring after abortion activists with NARAL criticized DNC Chair Tom Perez, Sen. Bernie Sanders and others for supporting Heath Mello, a Nebraska Democratic mayoral candidate who has a pro-life voting record.
Amid pressure from abortion activists, Perez described abortion as a “fundamental value” and said every Democrat should support it. Perez later backtracked, but other Democratic leaders have made similar statements since then.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has strong public support. According to the Susan B. Anthony List, “Nationwide polling by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News has found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after five months, women in higher numbers than men.”
Sixteen states have enacted similar laws that ban abortions after 20 weeks. These include Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas.
President Donald Trump promised to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.
The House passed the bill previously in 2015. However, it did not pass the Senate, and pro-abortion President Barack Obama threatened to veto it.
During the hearing on the last bill, former abortion practitioner Anthony Levatino told members of the committee the gruesome details of his former abortion practice and how he became pro-life following the tragic automobile accident of his child.
Another bombshell dropped during the hearing came from Dr. Maureen Condic, who is Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She testified that the unborn child is capable of reacting to pain as early as 8-10 weeks. This is when most abortions in America take place.