Defend the Defenseless. Action Needed!
Author: Lisa Van Houten  
20171005
 

What does the United States have in common with repressive regimes such as North Korea and China?  The U.S. is one of only seven countries that allows for the murder of unborn babies right up to the moment of birth.  The others are Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada. 

Only seven out of the 198 nations of the world put no limits on late term abortions – and the U.S. is one of them.  Even in the highly secular, liberal strongholds of Europe there are more limits on abortion that in the United States, whose very foundation was established on the principle that we are endowed with the inalienable right to life by our Creator.  In France elective abortion is prohibited after 12 weeks of pregnancy, in Sweden its 18 weeks, and Germany requires mandatory abortion counseling and limits abortion to the first 12 weeks.

Abortion at any stage is abhorrent.  We don’t just want the killing of the unborn limited – we long to see it eradicated.  However, every step to limit abortion represents lives saved.

The U.S. could join the 191 countries which have banned late-term abortions if only the U.S. Senate does what the House of Representatives did earlier this week – pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  The bill, which passed in the House by a vote of 237-189, would ban elective abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. 

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated the passage of this legislation “will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain, and give them a chance to grow and live full and happy lives. We have an obligation to speak and defend for those who can't speak for themselves. I welcome every member of the House and the Senate to unite together and say that when children can feel pain, when you can see their noses and ears, when you can hear their heartbeats and feel their movement -- at the very least we can all agree these children should be protected."

The well-established research of Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, an expert in pediatrics, anesthesiology and neurobiology, shows that by the 20th week of pregnancy, a baby’s nerve endings have developed and spread to all parts of the skin and tissues.  As Dr. Anand testified, "If the fetus is beyond 20 weeks of gestation, I would assume that there will be pain caused to the fetus.  And I believe it will be severe and excruciating pain."

With the advancement of medicine, it’s now possible to perform surgery on babies in the womb to correct certain conditions such as spina bifida before birth.  When such surgeries take place, doctors give the unborn baby anesthesia separate from the anesthesia given to the mother – knowing that babies feel pain. You may have seen the amazing photo a few years ago when in one such surgery, an unborn baby, (also known as a “blob of tissue” to pro-abortionists), wrapped his tiny fingers around the doctor’s finger during the surgery. 

Science proves that these unborn babies feel excruciating pain as they’re torn limb from limb through abortion, yet only three Democrats voted in favor of this most basic limit to abortion – a limit that 191 countries have established and a strong majority of Americans support, according to a Quinnipiac University poll and a Marist poll.

Even apart from science, it’s a commonsense conclusion to realize that unborn babies would feel pain as they’re ripped from their mother’s womb.  However, most Democrats (and some Republicans) don’t want to think about that fact.  When it comes to climate change or evolution, they claim they’re on the side of science, but when a baby’s life is in the crosshairs, they become the biggest science-deniers of all. 

How callous, how depraved must be the hearts of the189 representatives who voted against the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act!

President Trump has pledged to sign this bill if it reaches his desk.  The White House released a statement saying the Administration “strongly supports” the bill and stating: “… The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires.  Additionally, the bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization. The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. America’s children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance  ….

However, that will happen only if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gets rid of the arcane filibuster rule that calls for a super-majority of 60 votes to pass legislation and instead call for a straight up-or-down, majority vote – as he did for the vote for Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.

As Congressman Trent Franks wrote

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stunningly allowed Democrats to use arcane Senate rules to gridlock this incredibly reasonable pro-life bill just as they were determined to gridlock a pro-life justice like Neil Gorsuch. Mr. McConnell’s correct actions to force an up or down vote on Neil Gorsuch have demonstrated that the principled debate on this asinine 60-vote rule (that Democrats will change when they regain control) is now over. In the name of humanity and all that America stands for, Mr. McConnell must now also ensure a prompt fair up or down majority vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To do less is to allow this insidious and unthinkable carnage to continue, and to betray the very most essential hope the Party of Lincoln represents to America - and the very most helpless among us.

As our friends at American Family Association explain:  “Although the filibuster rule is not in the Constitution, Democrats routinely use it block GOP sponsored legislation. No doubt, the Republican leadership in the Senate will blame the Democrats for blocking the measure. While that is technically true, what the GOP leadership refuses to admit is that they have the votes to set aside the 60-vote rule in favor of a simple majority vote.

“But here's how the political "swamp" works: Republican representatives get credit for voting in favor of pro-life legislation. Meanwhile, Republican senators blame their Democratic colleagues when the legislation finally fails. On election day, Republican candidates maintain the support of conservative voters without ever making progress to protect unborn babies.”

AFA has prepared a helpful link to send a message to your senators, urging passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

In addition, call Senator McConnell and urge him to defend the defenseless and call for a simple majority vote on the Pain Capable Child Protection Act.  Is there any issue more important?

Call Senator McConnell at 202-224-2541. 

Below is a sample letter to Senator McConnell.  You can write to him online at:
https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=ContactForm

Or by mail at:

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Sample letter:

I urge you to support passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by calling for a simple majority vote – as you did for the nomination of Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch.  It’s time to stop the gridlock in the United States Senate and eliminate the arcane filibuster rule that prohibits the advancement of a conservative agenda.

As Congressman Trent Franks wrote:  “In the name of humanity and all that America stands for, Mr. McConnell must now also ensure a prompt fair up or down majority vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To do less is to allow this insidious and unthinkable carnage to continue, and to betray the very most essential hope the Party of Lincoln represents to America - and the very most helpless among us.”

Mr. McConnell, if you continue to allow an archaic rule to keep you from truly defending the unborn, it will affect my support for incumbent Senate Republicans in the next primary election.

 


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