Insta Graham Support on Life

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This morning, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) shed his candidate hat and took on another campaign: chief sponsor of the five-month abortion ban.

It’s a role Senator Graham knows well, having introduced the same legislation last spring — under slightly different circumstances. This time around, the southern conservative has a GOP majority to give him what Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wouldn’t: a vote.

After a convincing 242-184 win in the House, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act sailed into the Senate with the country’s support firmly behind it! As many as 84% of people throw their support behind measures that stop abortion after the first three months of pregnancy — and that includes a majority of women!

Unfortunately, that 84% doesn’t include President Obama, who stubbornly opposes any common-sense limit on abortion. Apparently, the White House wants to keep America in the company of the seven nations in the world who allow abortion at any time and for any reason after five months.

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As far as human rights go, the fewer things the U.S. has in common with the evil regimes of North Korea and China the better. It’s time for us, as Americans, to leave this club of seven.

Earlier today, at Graham’s Capitol Hill news conference (scroll down for video), I thanked the senator and his colleagues for their commitment to bringing the U.S. in line — not just with the vast majority of nations who protect life, but with Americans’ views. Despite what the Left would have you believe, the science of pain is not up for debate.

Medical experts have testified that unborn children can feel excruciating pain as early as four and a half months after fertilization. As Dr. Kanwaljeet Anand testified before Congress: ‘The human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier and the pain perceived by the fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or children.”

Why would medical textbooks and professionals decide that fetal anesthesia is needed for surgical procedures in the womb if it weren’t for the presence and experience of pain in these little patients? Still, Senate Democrats insist on living in denial on the facts and the popularity of the bill.

“They can do whatever they want. We’re ready for them,”Minority Leader Reid told reporters flippantly. “I don’t think it’s the right thing to do, and I don’t think it helps them politically.” But as the leader of the party who lost control of Congress, I’m not sure Reid is in a position to offer political advice.

Meanwhile, President Obama has threatened to veto S. 1553 despite telling the Catholic Health Association earlier this week that he has “a shared belief that every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity; that all children, no matter who they are or where they come from or how much money they were born into, ought to have the opportunity to achieve their God-given potential.”

That opportunity begins with life. It’s time for the President to bring his policies in line with his political rhetoric and fight for the dignity of every child.

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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