October 02, 2017
These last few months, suffering seems to be everywhere we turn. It's in thousands of miles of wreckage left behind from deadly hurricanes, an early-morning baseball practice turned violent, and now, a blood-stained concert floor. But there are also horrors that no American hears about -- like the excruciating pain unborn children are experiencing every day.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) may not be able to stop the hurting in places like Las Vegas or the devastation of the storms on the coast, but he and other pro-life leaders in Congress can do something to save thousands of other lives. Tomorrow, Leader McCarthy will put a bill on the floor that will help end the torture of countless babies in the womb. "The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized," he said. "It 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."
After two tries, the House finally has the chance to send this legislation to the desk of a president who wants to end America's culture of killing. "Not only will passing this legislation keep a promise we made," McCarthy explained, "but all the work is for the same goal: ending suffering and helping people live." In a world as advanced as ours, there's absolutely no excuse for subjecting innocent children to such barbaric treatment. The science is conclusive: every baby whose life is ended by abortion after 18 weeks feels the agony of abortion. (Other studies argue it's much earlier.) Either way, there is absolutely no excuse for allowing abortion past five months -- which, apart from seven countries, every nation in the world agrees on.
Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand, who 30 years ago became one of the first researchers of fetal pain, has testified that nerve endings in a developing child spread to all parts of the skin and tissues by the 20th week. Some scientists even believe that babies at this stage can feel pain more acutely than a full-term newborn. Why? Because they have the highest number of pain receptors per square inch at this stage, and the fibers that help moderate that pain don't develop until the 32nd week. "If the fetus is beyond 20 weeks of gestation, I would assume that there will be pain caused to the fetus," Dr. Anand explained. "And I believe it will be severe and excruciating pain."
Unfortunately, the Left is so fiercely protective of America's culture of killing and sex without concern of the consequences that it's unwilling, even for a second, to consider the torture abortion inflicts on defenseless babies. When it comes to animals, liberals are all for humane treatment. But when it comes to actual children, they turn their backs. And that's not just indefensible, it's extreme. Six in 10 Americans want to stop abortion at the 20-week mark.
As divided as the country may be on abortion, there is plenty of agreement the rights of suffering children. That's why President Trump called the bill a "high priority." In a world torn apart by so many tragedies, let's end the suffering we can. Join us in calling on the House to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.