It’s no secret that pro-abortion advocates get all squiggly when pro-lifers discuss the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the legislation that would protect babies after 20-weeks fetal age based on the scientific evidence that they can feel pain.
This is probably because 64% of Americans support protecting pain-capable babies (women is higher number than men); and pro-abortion legislators don’t want to vote on the legislation because if they oppose it, it could reveal how extreme their abortion views really are.
However, some aren’t worried about fetal pain at all; in fact, one pro-abortion supporter shared that even if unborn babies can feel pain, it isn’t a sufficient reason for banning abortion at 20 weeks. In other words, she thinks it’s totally ok for an abortionist to dismember a perfectly formed human and then crush its head with sharp steel instruments even if he/she can feel it.
The pro-abortion website, Jezebel.com, wrote:
The Wall Street Journal reports that the GOP hopes they can finally pass a 20-week abortion ban, based on the bunk science that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. (Even if that were true, which credible scientists don’t believe to be the case, it’s not in itself a good argument for banning abortion, not that the anti-abortion crowd has ever let that stand in their way). The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the House in June of 2013, but had no chance in the Senate. Until now. (Emphasis added)
“There’s no reason our constituents should be kept from having their voices heard on the issue in the Senate, as well,” incoming Senate majority leader and leading Tortoise-American Mitch McConnell told the WSJ in a statement. “I look forward to having the Senate consider similar legislation in the next Congress.”
There’s zero chance that President Obama would sign a 20-week ban if it made it to his desk. But with a veritable horror show of possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates arrayed before us, there, is frankly, good reason to start worrying.
As LifeNews previously reported, the science behind fetal pain is solid. Unborn children have the biological equipment necessary to feel pain no later than 20 weeks after fertilization, and nerves link receptors to the brain’s thalamus and sub-cortical plate around that same time. Researchers also found that unborn children react to pain by recoiling, which is the same way adult humans react to pain. In fact, during surgery on these little humans, fetal surgeons found that anesthesia was necessary to decrease their reaction to stress hormones.
The writer of the Jezebel.com article, Anna Merlan, also lamented over the fact that Sen.-Elect Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will most likely bring the legislation to a vote in the U.S. Senate. She warned her readers that they have good reason to be worried now that pro-lifers control the upper chamber. Merlan’s right to be concerned for the future of the pro-abortion movement because in 2013 Sen. McConnell pledged that if his party won the majority, he would advance a vote on the legislation.
At the National Right to Life convention this past summer, he said. “I’m proud of my record in defense of life over the years, including in current Congress. I’m a co-sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act, and if I were Majority Leader, we would have already had a vote on it in the Senate. That’s because it is long past time that the United States of America join the ranks of most other civilized nations by protecting unborn children after twenty weeks.”
He added, “In a Republican Senate under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debates on the issues that the American people want. The voice of our constitutions would be heard once again. The increasing support that we’ve seen of pro-life measures across the country, thanks to groups like NRLC, would finally have a full hearing in our nation.”
The federal version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives last year, is based on model legislation developed by National Right to Life and was first enacted in Nebraska in 2010. Since then, nearly a dozen other states have enacted the law. Previously, pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid refused to bring the bill to a vote on the Senate floor because he believed the government shouldn’t be focusing on “fringe issues” like late abortion. But thankfully, pro-lifers now have the opportunity to protect these babies and hopefully Sen. McConnell will lead America closer to a pro-life future.