Yesterday, as the March for Life was taking place, pro-life Arizona Congressman Trent Franks (pictured right) introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The backdrop, according to the National Right to Life Committee:

Article I of the U.S. Constitution established that the national seat of government would be placed forever not within any state, but in a special Federal District – and that the Congress would “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever, over such District.”

But what would the Framers of our Constitution say if they returned today – and learned, to their horror, that well-developed unborn babies are legally being put to death, in terrible pain, virtually within the shadow of the U.S. Capitol?

And they are.

Washington Surgi-Clinic, located just eight blocks from the White House, advertises it will abort babies up to 26 weeks old (6-1/2 months)  “us[ing] a method called dilatation and evacuation (D&E).” Here’s a medical illustration of a D&E via National Right to Life. Click to enlarge….

In addition, Dr. James Pendergraft (pictured right), a convicted felon whose medical license has been suspended three times in Florida, advertises at that he will kill babies in Washington, D.C. in their “late second and third trimester.” According to this website, Pendergraft will abort up to 34 weeks, i.e., 7-1/2 months gestation.

Pendergraft lethally injects a baby by inserting a needle directly into her heart. Even convicted murderers undergoing lethal injection are anesthetized beforehand. But not innocent babies being aborted.

There is overwhelming evidence that preborn babies feel pain by the age of 20 weeks and probably much earlier. Preborn babies as young as 18 weeks are routinely anesthetized when undergoing surgery.

The image, left, is of a 22-weeker. Babies this age and older are being torn limb from limb every day during abortions in at least the aforementioned two clinics in Washington, D.C., obviously with no regard for the excruciating pain they endure.

But Congressman Franks’ bill would ban all abortions in the District after 20 weeks.

Five states have now enacted abortion pain bans since 2010: Alabama, Kansas, Idaho, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. While abortion proponents claim the ban is unconstitutional, since it contains no health exception and does not take viability into consideration, the lone challenge filed against it was thrown out of court.

Introducing the pain ban in the District of Columbia at this time is also a calculated move to bring pain to pro-abortion politicians, particularly President Barack Obama, who previously opposed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act and Partial-Birth Abortion Ban as Illinois state senator. According to The Hill, January 24:

Abortion foes are planning an election-year strategy aimed at forcing President Obama and congressional Democrats to take a potentially damaging stand on the issue….

“If at the end of this congressional session, abortion remains unrestricted … in the nation’s capital, it will only be because certain members of Congress – or the president – have obstructed this bill,” NLRC [sic] federal legislative director Douglas Johnson said Monday.

“And if they do that, they – and they alone, under the Constitution – are fully accountable for that policy.”…

Franks said he hopes his bill will draw attention to the abortion issue and remind the public of President Obama’s pro-abortion rights record. He said he hasn’t talked to Republican leaders in Congress about his bill.

But Congressman Franks got his ducks in a row before dropping the pain ban, hoping to preclude resistance from any spineless Republicans in leadership while sending shivers down the spine of congressional abortion proponents who can see another partial-birth abortion type of debate from their house – and dread it.

Congressman Franks made sure that when the pain ban bill was dropped its sponsor/co-sponsor list included the chairmen of the two committees and two subcommittees before which it will be heard:

  • Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
  • Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives
  • Congressman Lamar Smith, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee
  • Congressman Trent Franks, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution

Ask your congressperson to sign on as co-sponsor to HR 3803 if s/he is not yet on the list.

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