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Born Alive and Capable of Feeling Pain

The Left’s Radical Extremism on Abortion Laws Evident in Congress


Eighty-four percent of Americans want significant restrictions on abortion. The other 16 percent must be serving as Democrats in Congress. Tuesday, the Left’s extremism was on full display in a Senate Judiciary hearing about protecting unborn children from the excruciating pain of abortion. For the last few years, House and Senate Republicans have desperately tried to stop the barbaric practice of dismembering babies in the womb who are literally tortured by a mother’s “choice.”

Of course, the president’s party likes to argue that the bill is extreme — but what’s actually extreme is our current law. Believe it or not, America is one of just seven countries that allow abortion past 20 weeks — a club that includes China and North Korea. For a country blessed with such incredible prenatal technology, it’s mind-blowing that we haven’t changed our laws to reflect the basic personhood of these tiny humans. Science has expanded our knowledge of unborn pain, and it’s time for the law to catch up. As witnesses pointed out repeatedly during Tuesday’s testimony, it’s common practice for doctors to use anesthesia on babies by 20 weeks along for in-utero surgeries because they can feel pain — pain, Dr. Maureen Condic confirmed, that can be felt as early as 8-10 weeks. What kind of inhumane culture gives “wanted” babies anesthesia but tortures others? Sadly, ours.

Melissa Ohden, who miraculously survived a painful saline abortion, told her powerful story, saying, “I know where children like me were left to die — a utility closet.” Dr. Colleen Malloy testified that by 22 weeks, babies have a full complement of neurons and can feel pain. She takes care of babies born prematurely and explained the wonderment of seeing them “kicking, moving, reacting, and developing right before our eyes.” There should be no difference in care, she argued, for babies inside the womb at five months than outside it.

Later, in plain defiance of the science, Physicians for Reproductive Health claimed that there’s no evidence that fetal pain exists until the third trimester, a falsehood that flies in the face of countless studies proving otherwise. We protect animals and death row inmates from suffering, Angelina Baglini Nguyen of the Charlotte Lozier Institute said. Why not unborn children? While liberals yammer on about “turn[ing] back the clock on women’s health care,” it’s plain to see who’s turn back the clock — on science. For a party that claims to be pro-woman, how is it that they can lobby for women to be subjected to abortions at 21 weeks or more — when she’s 91 times more likely to die from abortion than in the first trimester?

There’s a war on women, alright. But it’s not Republicans who are waging it. Contact your senators and urge them to do as Dr. Kathi Aultman urged and “protect those who can’t protect themselves.” That starts by passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553).


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