Life on the Line in the Senate

Jesus said that before you try to clear the speck out of the eye of another, first remove the plank from your own.

I’m hard-pressed to find a more appropriate analogy when it comes to the U.S. attempting to address the human rights atrocities in countries such as North Korea, China, and Vietnam, given our own human rights atrocities in the form of abortion on demand. There are only 7 countries in the world that allow the killing of unborn children at or beyond 5 months of pregnancy, the age at which unborn babies can feel excruciating pain. At this point in pregnancy, the most common method of abortion is dismemberment, which tears a baby apart, piece by painful piece.

The United States of America, founded on the basic principle of the God-given, unalienable right to life for all, joins North Korea, China, and Vietnam in this inhumane practice. Tomorrow, the US Senate will vote on a procedural motion to move to Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.). Passage of this bill would prevent late abortion nationwide at 20 weeks (5 months) after fertilization, saving approximately 13,000 pain-capable babies from agonizing death every year.

The House version of this bill passed in May of this year, and now Leader McConnell is making good on his promise that he would bring it up for a vote in the Senate. Recently, America has been horrified by revelations of what happens to babies killed during late abortion, their bodies painfully ripped apart and crushed and their parts harvested. Larger, more developed unborn babies are targeted for “tissue procurement” – body parts. And yet, these unborn babies are the very ones who can feel their little bodies being torn apart.

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In a recent joint op-ed, Senator Graham and Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, wrote, “The bedrock of human empathy is the ability to feel another creature’s pain… The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a small beginning on the road to recovering our humanity.”

Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), sponsor of the House version of the bill, said of these pain-capable babies, “Many of them cry and scream as they die, but because it is amniotic fluid going over their vocal cords instead of air, we don’t hear them.” With this bill, Senator Graham and other pro-life Members of Congress are giving them a voice, speaking for those who can’t, and crying out for mercy for those whose lives may yet be cruelly torn apart. Tomorrow, we will see how many Senators will defend these unborn, pain-capable babies.

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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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