Congressman Trent Franks: Frank-ly Speaking

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North Korea, China, and Vietnam are all countries the United States routinely condemns for their shoddy human rights records.

But unfortunately, on issues like late-term abortion, America has a lot more in common with these regimes than people know.

Believe it or not, the U.S. joins these countries in allowing elective abortions after the 20-week mark of a pregnancy. It’s estimated that roughly 13,000 such late-term abortions are carried out in America each year on healthy babies, many of whom could survive outside the womb. Even worse, these abortions are performed without anesthesia for the baby, despite clear scientific evidence that they experience the excruciating agony of their deaths.

For this reason, Congressman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) introduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act earlier this year. The bill passed the House in May, and it awaits a vote in the Senate. At least sixty percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on abortions starting in the fifth month of pregnancy, with few exceptions. In light of the gruesome videos and the admissions out of Planned Parenthood’s own mouth, there is no better time than now for this legislation.

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Don’t miss Rep. Franks, as he leads a special FRC policy lecture tomorrow — Wednesday, September 16 — on the importance of this bill and the reasons behind it.

To register for the noon event, visit FRC’s website.

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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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