The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
September 17, 2015 12:00 ET

North Korea, China, Vietnam; all countries the United States is rightly quick to condemn on human rights violations. The cruel irony is that they are among the nations with which America shares the dubious distinction of allowing elective abortions after 20 weeks gestation. It is estimated that approximately 13,000 such late-term abortions are carried out in America each year on healthy babies, many of whom could survive outside the womb. Even worse, these abortions are performed without anesthesia for the unborn child, despite clear scientific evidence showing they can feel the pain of dismemberment in the womb. For this reason, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08) introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act earlier this year. The bill passed the House in May, and it awaits a vote in the Senate.

At least sixty percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on abortions starting in the fifth month of pregnancy, with few exceptions. In light of the recently released undercover videos exposing abortion giant Planned Parenthood and its apparent sale of fetal organs and body parts, there is no better time than now for this legislation to correct our nation’s approach to “women’s health.” This bill offers an opportunity for the United States to remove itself from the unsavory company of nations whose human rights records are nothing short of deplorable. Join us as Congressman Franks comes to discuss this timely and important effort to protect the most vulnerable among us.

Congressman Trent Franks is a conservative, Reagan Republican, and is currently serving in his seventh term in the United States Congress. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, and also Co-Chairs the Orphans and Vulnerable Children Caucus, the Congressional Caucus on Adoption, and the International Religious Freedom Caucus. He is a staunch advocate of Israel, serving as the Co-Chairman of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus.

Prior to his time in Congress, he served in the Arizona Legislature, working for protections for families and children. He founded and served as Executive Director of the Arizona Family Research Institute, advocating and advancing public policy to protect children and families in Arizona.

Congressman Franks is a former small business owner, and he and his wife Josie worked as Sunday School teachers to preschoolers for nearly 22 years. They are the parents of two precious gifts of God; seven-year-old twins, Joshua Lane and Emily Grace.

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