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An amazing and most revealing vote on the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by | Aug 1, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

The vote to end the regime of abortion on demand until birth in the nation’s capital received a solid majority yesterday—enjoying a 66 vote margin– but did not pass because a 2/3rds vote was required under the fast-track procedures used Tuesday.  However, we now know in unmistakable terms who stands where. That is a huge accomplishment which no one should underestimate.

We are running five different items today about the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803) because the initiative is that important and for what it tells us how far pro-abortionists are willing to go (to the ends of the earth). (See link, link, link, and link.)

It’s important to remember that no matter how clearly and how often National Right to Life explains that there is NO abortion law in the District of Columbia, not everyone knows that babies well past the point of being able to suffer unimaginable pain are disposed of within shouting distance of the White House and the National Mall.

However, the House could not feign ignorance. As you will read in “NRLC scorecard letter to House on D.C. abortion-until-birth policy,” every Member of the House was informed prior to the vote that NRLC takes seriously its obligation to alert the electorate that voting AGAINST H.B. 3803 is voting “to endorse and preserve the current policy of allowing legal abortion for any reason, until the moment of birth, in our nation’s capital.”

The letter continued the Members’ education—at least for those with the courage (and the stomach) to face the truth.

“In H.R. 3803, Congress adopts findings that by 20 weeks after fertilization (if not earlier), the unborn child has the capacity to experience great pain. (This is equivalent to 22 weeks in the alternate “LMP” or “weeks of pregnancy” dating system used by ob-gyns and abortion providers.)

And fortuitously on Monday U.S. District Judge James A. Teilborg upheld as constitutional Arizona’s new law that generally prohibits abortion after 18 weeks fetal age (20 weeks of pregnancy)–two weeks earlier than H.R. 3803.

Judge Teilborg quoted from a previous Supreme Court decision that described what the baby endures when the unimaginably violent “D&E” abortion technique is used on its helpless victims.

“Given the nature of D &Es,” he wrote, “and induction abortions [a different and more rarely used abortion technique]. . . this Court concludes that the State has shown a legitimate interest in limiting abortions past 20 weeks gestational age.”

In  “How to defend Unimaginable brutality? Change the Subject” we talk about what pro-abortionists said in defense of the District of Columbia’s lawless abortion regime. Strike that: as always they talked about everything—anything—but what H.B. 3803 was all about. How do you make the affirmative case for tearing mature unborn babies limb from limb?

What we do know from yesterday’s vote and a separate House vote taken in May on the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, a bill to prohibit performing or coercing abortions to eliminate unborn babies of an undesired sex (almost always girls), that there is no length to which pro-abortionists won’t go to protect the “right” to abortion.

We also know that almost all House Democrats were joined by President Obama in opposing PRENDA (H.R. 3541). Asked about H.R. 3803 Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded, “The president’s position on a woman’s reproductive freedom is well known,” and went on to refer to the legislation as “controversial, divisive social legislation.”

As time permits, please read “How to defend Unimaginable brutality? Change the Subject”; “A wakeup call to all Americans: unborn children feel pain”; “Solid Majority of U.S. House of Representatives Votes to Prevent Abortion of Pain-Capable Unborn Children”; and “NRLC scorecard letter to House on D.C. abortion-until-birth policy.”

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