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Only One Step Away from Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks

Yesterday’s passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, coupled with President Donald Trump’s promise to sign the legislation into law if it makes it to his desk, means that it is now up to the U.S. Senate to put a stop to dismemberment abortions on all unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain.

National Right to Life (NRL) is reporting on the passage of the landmark legislation known as H.R. 36 by 237-189 vote. The bill will extend federal protection to unborn children who have reached 20 weeks gestation, the stage at which they are capable of feeling pain.

Sadly, only three Democrats were willing to put aside their abortion ideology to vote in favor of sparing the unborn the excruciating pain of dismemberment abortion - Rep. Daniel Lipinski (IL) who cosponsored the bill, Rep. Henry Cuellar (TX) and Rep. Collin Peterson (MN).

Instead, opponents such as Gwen Moore of Minnesota, clung to their Planned Parenthood talking points and called the bill “unconstitutional” and a “cruel and ruthless attempt to undermine women.”

The only thing cruel and heartless in this discussion is the dreadfully painful death being inflicted upon innocent human beings. Perhaps these lawmakers would be more persuaded by the polls which show the majority of Americans being in favor of such a ban. Various polls have shown support for the bill ranging anyway from 60 to 64 percent of Americans, which includes a majority of women (59%).

Even ex-abortionists such as Dr. Anthony Levatino, who testified before Congress after performing over 100 late-term abortions up to 24 weeks, admitted to the gruesomeness of dismemberment abortion.

Dr. Anthony Levatino (YouTube)

“Imagine if you can that you are a pro-choice obstetrician/gynecologist like I was.” Using a Sopher 13” clamp with rows of ridges or teeth, “grasp anything you can” inside the womb, he described.

“Once you’ve grasped something inside, squeeze on the clamp to set the jaws and pull hard—really hard. You feel something let go and out pops a fully formed leg about six inches long. Reach in again and grasp anything you can…and out pops an arm.”

He noted that “a second trimester D&E abortion is a blind procedure . . . Reach in again and again with that clamp and tear out the spine, intestines, heart and lungs.”

As horrible is this is, it’s even more unconscionable when we consider the advances in science which attest to the fact that infants can not only feel pain at 20 weeks, but actually feel it more acutely than the rest of us.

Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, a pediatrician specializing in the care of critically ill newborns and children who has conducted intensive research into pain and stress in the human newborn and fetus, prepared a report for the U.S. Justice Department in which he said: “…the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children…”

This is because “the highest density of pain receptors per square inch of skin in human development occurs in utero from 20 to 30 weeks gestation,” Dr. Anand said. “Thus, a fetus at 20 to 32 weeks of gestation would experience a much more intense pain than older infants or children or adults.”

Opponents of the bill dismiss this evidence as “junk science” and cite pro-abortion sources such as Physicians for Reproductive Health who claim there is no medical or scientific backing for the 20- week mark.

The evidence has been compelling enough to convince 20 states to enact similar bans with varying exceptions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Laws banning abortion at 20 weeks have been blocked in three states: Arizona, Georgia, and Idaho.

Yesterday’s vote sets up a show-down in the U.S. Senate where a 60-vote threshold will have to be met in order to see this bill passed into law.

If there was ever a time to contact your Senator, it is now. We are only one step away from sparing future Americans a death more grisly and painful than we inflict upon convicted serial killers on Death Row.

Let us take up this fight and contact our lawmakers in the Senate as often as it takes to insure the passage of one of the most important pieces of legislation of our lifetime.

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