Biden Says 15-Week Abortion Ban Will Kill Women, But No Women Died When Texas Banned Abortions For a Year

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 22, 2022   |   6:31PM   |   Washington, DC

Joe Biden’s White House attacked a new Republican bill this week that would protect unborn babies from abortions after 15 weeks, claiming the pro-life measure would put women’s lives at risk.

However, Texas has had an even stronger abortion ban in place for more than a year now, and no women have died. Instead, thousands of unborn babies have been saved from abortions.

The bill in question, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, would protect unborn babies by banning abortions nation-wide after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions would be allowed in cases of rape, incest or risks to the mother’s life.

Polls consistently show strong public support for such legislation, and most countries across the world ban abortions after 15 weeks. But Biden and Democrat leaders have been attacking it as extreme.

According to the Associated Press, a White House legal analysis claimed the bill would “create a nationwide health crisis, imperiling the health and lives of women in all 50 states.” Written by Jennifer Klein, the White House Gender Policy Council chairwoman, it also criticized the legislation for punishing doctors who kill unborn babies in violation of the ban.

“It would transform the practice of medicine, opening the door to doctors being thrown in jail if they fulfill their duty of care to patients according to their best medical judgment,” the document states.

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But most OB-GYNs do not provide abortions, and tens of thousands of doctors confirm that killing unborn babies is not medical care. The Biden administration’s claims also do not reflect the situation in most countries across the world where abortions have been banned after 15 weeks or even sooner for decades.

Pro-life laws save lives and protect mothers. They do not put women’s lives at risk. The Texas heartbeat law is one example of this. The law, which bans abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy, has been in place for 387 days, and there have not been any reports of women dying as a result. The law allows exceptions if the mother’s life is at risk.

Meanwhile, there have been many reports and studies about unborn babies’ lives being saved as a result of the law. In February, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton estimated that the heartbeat law had saved 17,000 babies from abortions so far.

Recently, the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) began a new campaign to help Americans understand that killing unborn babies in abortions is not health care. It published a fact sheet, “Myth vs. Fact: Correcting Misinformation on Maternal Medical Care,” that refutes nine of the most common lies about abortion.

All OB-GYNs “offer lifesaving medical care to pregnant women” and receive training to “discern when they need to intervene to save a mother’s life,” AAPLOG wrote.

It pointed to a 2017 study from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute that found very few OB-GYNs actually do abortions. According to the medical association, “93 percent of practicing OB-GYNs do not perform elective abortions but have always been able to offer life-saving treatment to women and will continue to be able to do so regardless of state laws on abortion.”

A nation-wide ban on abortions after 15 weeks would protect approximately 55,800 unborn babies annually.

At 15 weeks of pregnancy, unborn babies can suck their thumbs and yawn. Their hearts pump about 26 quarts of blood every day, and they show a preference for their right or left hand. Growing scientific research also indicates unborn babies can feel pain by this point.