The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is urging U.S. Senators to vote yes to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which would ban abortions after 20-weeks based on the scientific fact that unborn babies at this age have the capacity to feel pain. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the pro-life bill on Tuesday, September 22nd, and in a letter, NRLC explains to the Senators why this legislation is so important.
They wrote, “It is now commonplace to read about evidence that, by 20 weeks fetal age and even earlier, an unborn child responds to many forms of stimuli, including music and the mother’s voice. Claims that the same child is nevertheless insensible to the violence done to her body during an abortion should engender strong skepticism.”
“Abortions at this stage are performed using a variety of techniques, but most often by a method in which the unborn child’s arms and legs are twisted off by brute manual force, using a long stainless steel clamping tool,” they added.
In the past, abortionists have admitted that late-abortions are incredibly violent and cause many to pause. For example, late-term abortionist Warren Hern wrote in a paper for the Association of Planned Parenthood Physicians what it feels like to perform an abortion in which he tears the baby apart, limb by limb.
He said, “[T]hose capable of performing or assisting with the procedure are having strong personal reservations about participating in an operation which they view as destructive and violent… Some part of our cultural and perhaps even biological heritage recoils at a destructive operation on a form that is similar to our own…We reach a point…where there is no possibility of denial of an act of destruction by the operator. It is before one’s eyes. The sensations of dismemberment flow through the forceps like an electric current…”
Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell started the “Rule 14” process, which will allow the Senate to vote on H.R. 36 right away. Unfortunately, Senate Democrats have already said they would filibuster the bill even though the majority of Americans support legislation that protects babies from painful late abortions.
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In fact, a 2015 Marist poll revealed that 84% of Americans support legislation that bans abortion after 20-weeks; and a poll conducted for the liberal Huffington Post found that 70% of Americans support late-term abortion bans.
Currently, there are 300 doctors and 275 clinics that perform abortions after 20- weeks and some who perform them after 24-weeks in the United States. The Legislative Director for National Right to Life, Douglas Johnson, explained, “Late abortions are not ‘rare.’ At least 275 facilities offer abortions past 20 weeks fetal age. Because of publicity surrounding the trial of Kermit Gosnell and subsequent revelations about other abortionists, many Americans are becoming aware for the first time that abortions are frequently performed late in pregnancy on babies who are capable of being born alive, and on babies who will experience great pain while being killed.”
Late abortion is so brutal that the United States is one of only four nations in the world (with China, North Korea and Canada) that performs them for any reason up until birth, and one of seven that performs abortions past the point of fetal viability. Additionally, the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showing Planned Parenthood’s top executives negotiating the sale of aborted babies and discussing ways to procure “fully-intact” organs highlight the need for a 20-week abortion ban in America.