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WASHINGTON, D.C. - At a news conference today with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Anna Higgins, J.D., director of Family Research Council's (FRC) Center for Human Dignity, made the following comments in support of Sen. Graham's Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The act would protect women and unborn children from the harms of late-term abortion, harms which were recently on vivid display during the murder trial of the now-convicted abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
Higgins made the following statement:
"I stand before you today as a wife, mother, and attorney. I am proud to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects women and unborn children from the harms of late term abortion - the stark reality of which was revealed in the recent murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
"There is ample medical evidence to support this bill's findings, that unborn children are capable of experiencing pain by at least 20 weeks after fertilization. Anesthesia is regularly administered to unborn children during prenatal surgery, which eliminates the stress response.
"A majority of Americans disapprove of late term abortion, with 64 percent saying that abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and an overwhelming 80 percent think it should be illegal in the third trimester. The lack of support for late term abortion among Americans has remained consistent for the last 17 years. Such strong consensus reflects the fact that people recognize the unborn child is a person and should be treated humanely.
"Efforts to protect women and innocent unborn children from late term abortion are worthy of our support no matter how fierce the opposition. This is the human rights issue of our time. On behalf of millions of likeminded Americans, I thank you, Senator Graham."