LifeNews.com is reporting on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R.36), a bill that was originally scheduled to be voted upon on January 22, 2015, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but was derailed by last minute bickering among politicians. This critical vote, which could lead to banning all abortions after 20 weeks, will be taken up by the House today.
In a statement, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), the sponsor of the legislation, told LifeNews: “More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia. Many of them cry and scream as they die, but because it is amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air, we don’t hear them.”
The bill would protect the unborn from this gruesome experience and could save the lives of thousands of babies each year.
With the American public becoming increasingly more pro-life, it’s no surprise that recent polls show overwhelming public support of the bill. According to The Polling Company, after being informed that there is scientific evidence that unborn children are capable of feeling pain by 20 weeks, 64 percent support a law banning the procedure after that point with only 30 percent saying they would oppose such a law.
Lack of public support isn’t stopping pro-abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood which has vowed to “spend whatever it takes” to strike down the law.
As passage of the bill in the House and Senate seems increasingly plausible, the Center for Reproductive Rights is beginning to panic, calling the bill “a dangerous, sweeping bill that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks in nearly every case.”
They want abortion supporters to sign petitions that will enable their names to be read aloud by members of Congress to convince their peers of the broad opposition to the ban – even though most representatives are already aware of overwhelming public support for the ban.
“Think about that. Are pro-abortion members of Congress really going to go on the floor and read name after name of people who oppose the bill? Is that how they’re going to use their floor time? Do they not have arguments they can make about the bill itself?” asks Carol Tobias, the president of the National Right to Life Committee. “No, they don’t. They would have to argue that the pain a baby suffers doesn’t matter. Or that his or her life doesn’t matter.”
As politically risky as this vote will be for pro-abortion politicians, it will also be difficult for pro-abortion groups to win over the American public which abhores the barbaric slaughter of babies by dismemberment or worse, such as Kermit Gosnell’s practice of snipping the spinal cords of babies born alive after late-term abortion attempts.
“While they’re gathering their petitions in support of methods of abortion they don’t even have the honesty to describe to their own supporters, National Right to Life has been out among the people, exposing the brutality of late abortions and getting our supporters to call, write, and email members of the House of Representatives en masse in support of the bill,” Tobias writes.
“We’re educating America what abortion really does to an innocent unborn baby, and we’re bringing closer the day when these brutal abortions are banned and never threaten the life of a little child again.”
The White House has already indicated that President Barack Obama will not sign the bill should it come to his desk, which makes it even more imperative that the next president of the United States be a supporter of life from conception to natural death.
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