By L.A. Williams, Correspondent
Christian Action League
November 21, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Even before U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on Nov. 7 — a bill that would ban abortions on babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy — Sen. Kay Hagan, from North Carolina, had announced her opposition.
“Hagan believes in a ‘woman’s right to choose.’ But we need to strip away the deceptiveness of that argument,” said the Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League. “Let me ask a simple question: How many women have been prevented from carrying their child to term and giving birth? The answer is none. So really, the only choice Hagan and others like her are actually talking about is the choice of death for the innocent unborn. The other choice has always been there; they are deceitfully framing the argument.”
Passed in June by the U.S. House of Representatives, Graham’s bill would protect children beginning at 20 weeks, the age at which medical experts say babies can feel pain. In fact, doctors say babies in the womb likely feel pain more intensely than adults because they have not built up any resistance. Further, during fetal surgery, doctors provide mothers and their babies with anesthesia.
While the nation holds a double standard when it comes to the unborn, treating premature babies with special care but allowing the murder of their peers in the womb, recent polls show a growing support for H.R. 1797.
“The American public by a large majority support prohibiting abortions on pain-capable unborn
children,” said Barbara Holt, president of North Carolina Right to Life.
In fact, a recent poll showed that after being told of evidence that unborn children can feel pain, 64 percent of respondents said they would support banning abortion after 20 weeks unless a pregnancy endangered the mother’s life. Just 30 percent expressed opposition to the proposed law.
National Right to Life leaders believe the more Americans are informed, the more they embrace life and oppose late abortions.
“Because of coverage surrounding the trial of Kermit Gosnell and subsequent revelations about other abortionists, many Americans are becoming aware for the first time that abortions are frequently performed late in pregnancy, on babies who are capable of being born alive, and on babies who will experience great pain while being killed,” they wrote in a letter to the Senate.
While pro-abortion forces frequently insist that late-term abortions are “rare,” an estimated 140 providers across the country offer abortions after 20 weeks.
“Even former abortionists admit that they witnessed the babies’ distress during the abortions they performed. This, of course, should be obvious: abortions after the first trimester are all surgical, and the babies are literally ripped apart limb by limb,” wrote NCRTL staff in a recent blog. “Not only is this a gruesome way to die, it’s barbaric, especially considering the excruciating pain they must experience in the process.”
“You can see why the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is so very important.”
Dr. Creech said Sen. Hagan’s response to the bill is, unfortunately, not surprising, and that the United States will never have a culture of life until Americans elect pro-life legislators, as well as a pro-life president.
“Abortion is the intentional taking of an innocent human life,” he added. “God forgive us for electing people who espouse such wickedness.”
Although the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is not expected to gain much traction in the Senate, NCRTL suggests the following ways citizens can help to push for the legislation.
Take Christian Action:
1) Educate yourself. Web sites like nrlc.org and doctorsonfetalpain.com are good places to start.
2) Educate others. Talk to friends and family members, re-post on social networking sites (use #TheyFeelPain).
3) Sign the petition at http://thepainlesspetition.com/
4) Call Senator Hagan’s office (202-224-6342) and ask her to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Thank Sen. Richard Burr for co-sponsoring the legislation (202-224-3154).