The National Right to Life Committee tells LifeNews it is calling on Reid to bring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to the Senate floor for a vote.
“It is time for the Senate to take action on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and we urge Senator Reid to heed the will of the people and allow the bill to come before the Senate for a vote,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “One-fifth of the states, nearly two-thirds of Americans, including two-thirds of American women, and the U.S. House of Representatives agree. Now it’s time for the U.S. Senate to do its job and act to protect these most vulnerable members of our human family.”
“Not since Congress voted to ban the brutal partial-birth abortion method has a more important piece of pro-life legislation come before Congress,” added Susan T. Muskett, J.D., National Right to Life senior legislative counsel. “Lives hang in the balance. Congress cannot sit idly by to condone these violent acts; it’s time to take a stand for the protection of these pain-capable unborn children.”
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on a National Right to Life model bill that has already been enacted in ten states. The U.S. House of Representatives approved the federal bill June 18, 2013, 228-196.
NRLC estimates that at least 140 abortion providers offer abortions past the point that this legislation would permit. These late abortions are performed using a variety of techniques, including a method in which the unborn child’s arms and legs are twisted off by brute manual force, using a long stainless steel clamping tool.
Maureen Ferguson of The Catholic Association is also calling on Reid to allow a vote on the pro-life bill.
“Americans, including women, overwhelmingly support limits on late-term abortion. We call on the Senate leadership to allow a vote on this bill to protect the most basic human rights of these children,” she said.
“Every year in this country at least 15,000 babies are subjected to legal abortion past 20 weeks. The vast majority of these are purely elective, as abortion doctors themselves have admitted. The last time Congress considered the issue of late-term abortion Ron Fitzimmons, then Executive Director of the National Coalition of Abortion Providers confessed that he “lied through his teeth” when he claimed that the majority of late abortions involve health complications for the mother or baby. Some in the abortion lobby, however, continue to promote this myth despite evidence to the contrary,” she continued.
“These babies can hear our voices, but they don’t yet have a voice of their own. They need us to speak up for them, and they need legal protection,” she said.
Very few countries have abortion laws as permissive as America regarding the legality of abortion after 20 weeks
Source: Phillip B. Levine, Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility (Princeton University Press, 2007), 135-139.
20 week ban is actually pending in the House of Representatives.