In Wisconsin, 89 babies lost their lives to abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in 2013 alone. With hundreds of babies dying from abortions done at or after viability, pro-life lawmakers are working to do something about it.
Chairwoman Leah Vukmir and Chairman Joe Sanfelippo held a joint hearing yesterday on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a pro-life bill that would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The state pro-life group Wisconsin Right to Life strongly supports the bill and pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has already said he would sign it into law.
“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain,” Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life, told LifeNews.
She continued: “The science is clear, unborn babies who are at 20 weeks post-fertilization age are capable of feeling pain. As a state, Wisconsin needs to take the lead in protecting unborn babies who can feel pain from a procedure that tears them apart limb from limb. In 2013, 89 unborn babies lost their lives to an abortion at 20 weeks or more, now is the time to ensure future unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain are protected.”
According to WRTL, there is substantial medical evidence indicating unborn babies at 20 weeks post-fertilization age are capable of feeling pain and the group says the state has a compelling interest in protecting unborn children when they are capable of feeling pain. When there is substantial medical evidence in support of the state’s position, then a state can act on protecting unborn babies.
The bill requires abortion practitioners to determine the age of the unborn baby at the time of the abortion and prohibits any abortion on a baby aged 20 weeks or older.
Under the bill, parents who receive a fatal prenatal diagnoses will receive information about perinatal hospice so they can be provided adequate grief counseling and the support of the medical community.
“I believe we have a duty and a moral obligation to protect these children from the horrific procedures used to snuff out their lives. The barbaric and painful mutilation of little children is something that no humane and compassionate society should tolerate,” Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, said in a statement about his bill.
He added: “Simply put, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will preserve and protect Wisconsin’s innocent, unborn babies who can feel pain. The call to preserve precious, human life transcends party lines. Thus, I hope to see bi-partisan support for this vital measure to protect Wisconsin’s unborn from needless pain and suffering.”
Earlier this year, Walker said he would back the bill and sign it into law.
“As the Wisconsin legislature moves forward in the coming session, further protections for mother and child are likely to come to my desk in the form of a bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. I will sign that bill when it gets to my desk and support similar legislation on the federal level. I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.”
The position is not a new one as Walker co-sponsored legislation in 1998 while he was a member of the Wisconsin state legislature to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
Life is a value I learned from my parents, and it’s a value I have cherished every day, predating my time in politics. My policies throughout my career have earned a 100% rating with pro-life groups in Wisconsin. Just in my first term I signed numerous pieces of pro-life legislation and I will continue working for every life.
In my past four years as governor, we have made substantial progress in the fight for our pro-life values in Wisconsin. We defunded Planned Parenthood. We prohibited abortion from being covered by health plans in a health exchange. We passed legislation assuring the women and their unborn child are better protected under law – through placing stringent requirements on medical professionals and requiring the provision of thorough and vital information to the mother.
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I was raised to believe in the sanctity of life and I will always fight to protect it.
Pro-life groups were delighted by Walker’s letter.
“Wisconsin Right to Life is very happy to hear that Governor Walker intends to sign a bill that would protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “In light of this excellent news, we urge the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass a bill to protect pain-capable unborn children as soon as possible.”