Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 242-184-1.
In the gallery for the debates and vote, I was as horrified by pro-abortion opposition as I was elated by pro-life support.
Most egregious was Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who evoked faith, God, and even the song “Glory” from the movie Selma to defend the right to dismember 5-mo-old children (beginning at 33:32).
Both Hillary Clinton and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards hid behind tweets to express support for stabbing and decapitating little babies. Richards went too far, however, even for her…
I can’t even begin to fathom such an openly depraved mind as that.
Now the bill moves to the Senate, where the lift will be heavier than it was (but should not have been) in the House. Required will be 60 votes to surmount a Democrat filibuster.
Then, of course, there is our pro-abortion/pro-infanticide president to contend with.
But do not forget how the arduous progression of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban only served to heighten awareness of both the savagery of abortion and the humanity of the preborn child and with it heighten support for the sanctity of life.
Good riddance to late-term abortions
The other day I directed you to new verbiage in the Pain-Capable Act, but I want to explain how the added language will virtually end late-term abortions in the U.S, exceptions notwithstanding.
Those exceptions are: 1) rape/incest, 2) life of the mother.
Backing up, the Pain-Capable Act protects children from the “post-fertilization age [of] 20 weeks.”
But, as Wikipedia explains, “In human obstetrics, gestational age refers to the embryonic or fetal age plus two weeks. This is approximately the duration since the woman’s last menstrual period began.”
So, the New York Times article two weeks ago, entitled, “Premature Babies May Survive at 22 Weeks if Treated, Study Finds,” was speaking of gestational age, which is the same as 20 weeks post-fertilization.
In other words, the Pain Capable Ban protects potentially viable babies.
The added bill language specifies that pregnancy terminations must be committed in a way that “provides the best opportunity” for the preborn baby to survive.
This means the abortionist cannot kill the baby ahead of time by injecting him or her with a medication to stop the heart.
It also requires that a second physician trained in neonatal resuscitation be present to care for the baby, and that babies born alive be transported to a hospital.
Additionally, there is the “call the cops or wear the cuffs” provision, making it a federal offense if employees/doctors witnessing an abortionist’s failure to provide medical care do not report this to police.
There is also a required informed consent form that includes the age of the child, a description of the law an explanation that if the baby is born alive, s/he will be given medical assistance and transported to a hospital, and information about the woman’s right to sue if these protections are not followed.
Finally, the aborting mother is empowered with the right to sue her abortionist if s/he fails to comply with the law. Parents of minors may also sue.
Given these confines, I cannot imagine any abortionist daring to commit late-term abortions. And what second physician would agree to help?
If a mother’s life is truly endangered, and her obviously wanted baby (otherwise she would have aborted much earlier) is potentially viable, it would be abnormal to say the least for her to want her baby killed rather than saved.
The end result, if and when this bill is enacted into law, will be an end to abortions past 20 weeks in the U.S.