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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Introduced

by | Feb 16, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Sen. Mike Lee

So very much is going on with President Obama’s ”belligerent, unnecessary, and deeply offensive to the content of Catholic belief” mandate (to quote Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput) that it’s possible our readers may  have missed the introduction in the U.S. Senate of the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), as S. 2103. (The bill was introduced in the House on January 23 by Congressman Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, as H.R. 3803.)

We reprint today the letter sent to the Senate yesterday by National Right to Life, in which NRLC outlined the reason why this important law is needed and asked for additional co-sponsors to S. 2103.

As Sen. Lee explained, “Over the years, science has developed the ability to determine when an unborn child can experience pain. On this basis, I hope we are able to reach broad consensus where science has moved forward.  While I will continue to fight for further protection of life, there is no justifiable reason for anyone to oppose this specific level of protection.”

But of course, the pro-abortion abortionists will oppose it, because to them, there can never be any limitation to the abortion “right,” even if the exercise of that “right” results in excruciating pain for defenseless unborn children.  

Five states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts– Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, and Alabama. It is not by accident that none—NONE–of these laws have faced any serious legal challenge to date. Pro-abortionists desperately want the topic of the pain of the unborn kept out of the public’s consciousness.

No matter how obviously untrue, typically opponents insist this hideous practice doesn’t occur. But that won’t work—can’t work—in the District of Columbia. As NRLC points out,

“Currently, in our nation’s capital, unborn children may legally be killed at any point up to birth, for any reason. Abortions are advertised, and performed, in the sixth month and later.”

What that means is that

“unborn children who are capable of experiencing excruciating pain are killed every day–most often, by a method in which arms and legs are twisted off by brute manual force, as the abortionist guides his forceps using an ultrasound image (‘D&E’)…

“Another advertised method, in the seventh month and later, involves thrusting a needle into the unborn child’s heart and injecting a lethal substance.”

In the face of such unspeakable brutality, no wonder the first impulse of opponents is gibberish about “usurp[ing] local authority.”

If you haven’t read NRLC’s letter yet, just go to

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