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“The entire purpose and core reason for government is to protect the innocent.”

This was the strong affirmation of U.S. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) at FRC’s policy lecture yesterday. Rep. Franks, one of Congress’s bravest pro-life champions, has put his legislative pen to work to fulfill that purpose. With his colleague Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), he has authored the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 36). This measure would “afford basic protection to mothers and their unborn children entering the sixth month of gestation.”

As he said when he introduced the measure, “More than 18,000 ‘very late term’ abortions are performed every year on perfectly healthy unborn babies in America. These are innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia.”

As the Director of FRC’s Center for Human Dignity, Arina Grossu, has documented, “A growing body of science reveals an undisputable fact: unborn babies can feel pain by 20 weeks post-fertilization, and most likely even earlier.” The “Pain Capable” bill, which passed in the House in June, has been offered in the Senate by U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). He and his colleagues will take up the measure next week.

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In addition, Rep. Franks has authored the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would “make failure to provide standard medical care to children born alive during an abortion a federal crime. It would also apply stronger penalties in cases where an overt act is taken to kill the abortion survivor.” This measure is scheduled for a vote in the House in the next few days. But Rep. Franks didn’t stop there. Given the barbarity of the recent Planned Parenthood videos, “We have a unique opportunity to defend the unborn,” he said.

As he put it, “The sands of time ought to blow over this capital before we give Planned Parenthood another dime.” Rep. Franks said the issue of life within the womb comes down to two things: “Is there really a God, and are these really babies?” We know the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes.”

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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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