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Pain-Capable Unborn Children and the ABCs of Abortion

by | May 18, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Prof. Teresa Collett

Tomorrow we will discuss the hearing held this afternoon by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution. The subcommittee examined the policy of legal abortion until birth that is currently in effect in the nation’s capital, and an NRLC-backed bill that would protect unborn children in the federal District after they have reached 20 weeks fetal age, based on their capacity to experience pain. The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803) is patterned on an NRLC-originated model bill that has already been enacted in six states.

Teresa S. Collett is Professor of Law at University of St. Thomas School of Law and an expert on the issue of the unborn child’s capacity to feel pain. She wrote a wonderful initial defense of these laws and wrote another one today. (See and

Like the ban on partial-birth abortion, laws to save babies from abortion who are capable of experiencing pain tap into the American public’s instinctive revulsion at what might be called the ABCs of abortion: its Awfulness, its Brutality, and its Cruelty.

Both laws also move along the public’s education. Once people are reminded that they oppose partial-birth abortion and aborting children capable of experiencing excruciating pain, they are two steps closer to uncovering a truth pro-abortionists desperately attempt to keep buried. And that is that the majority of Americans oppose the reasons that account for more than 90% of all of abortions.

Collett also keenly points out

“a ban on pain-inducing abortions establishes that the unborn are the proper subject of state protection. Abortion rights advocates are incapable of explaining why the state is justified in protecting cold-blooded murderers and even a dog from pain, but impotent to protect developing ‘potential’ human life from the painful assault of dismemberment abortions.”

Explaining these incongruities is a tremendous way of raising consciousness, softening hearts, and unstopping ears.

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