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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arina Grossu, M.A., director of the Center for Human Dignity at the Family Research Council (FRC), spoke today at a press conference with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), calling on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to bring the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" to a vote in the Senate. The bill would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, since at that time unborn babies can feel pain.
At the press conference Grossu said:
"One year ago today, abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and 21 felony counts of illegal late abortion. The babies that Gosnell brutally killed outside the womb, felt pain. Millions of late-term babies at risk of currently being aborted will experience the same excruciating pain while still in the womb, if aborted.
"On behalf of the Family Research Council and the families we represent, I urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the 'Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.' This bill prohibits late abortion of pain-capable unborn babies after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
"Doctors routinely administer anesthesia for in-utero surgeries of babies at 20 weeks post-fertilization. Why would medical textbooks and professional anesthesiologists already have come to a general consensus that fetal anesthesia and analgesia are warranted for fetal surgical procedures, were it not for the presence and experience of pain in these tiniest of patients?
"I urge Sen. Reid to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the floor for a vote. These unborn babies deserve no less."