October 04, 2017
The House has had plenty of practice passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) -- but never with a pro-life president ready to sign the measure when it arrives. Yesterday, pro-life leaders like Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) moved closer to putting a pen in Trump’s hand, sending H.R. 36, which would end abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy, to the Senate by a strong vote of 237 to 189. As the bill was debated, Democrats did everything they could to avoid talking about the science of fetal pain, which shows that babies feel excruciating pain as they’re torn apart in abortion.
Many Democrats, such as Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.), instead criticized the bill for banning abortions on pain-capable babies even in cases where the “baby had a rare birth defect,” which he cited as “the most compassionate choice available.” Democrats’ false compassion of supporting killing unborn babies with disabilities calls to mind recent disturbing reports that Iceland has exterminated virtually all children with down-syndrome by killing them in the womb through abortion. Studies show between 67-90 percent of children with Down syndrome are killed through abortion here in the U.S. This week, President Donald Trump rightfully criticized those who use “Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life.”
Other Democrats tried to claim fiscally-conservative Republicans were hypocrites in supporting the Pain-Capable bill because paying for these unborn children to be born and cared for is more expensive than killing them. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) said Republicans supporting H.R. 36 were throwing their “concerns about the budget… out the window” since “CBO estimates [the bill] will cost us from 65 to 335 million dollars over 10 years” due to thousands more babies being born. “You’re right: we don’t put a price on” life, responded Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), “We cherish it.”
Now that the House has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to end abortion on demand at 20 weeks of development, it’s time for Mitch McConnell and the Senate to do their jobs -- to bring up and pass this bill so President Trump can sign this life-affirming legislation into law.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.