The U.S. House of Representatives has once again endorsed groundbreaking legislation which attempts to protect preborn children from the barbarity of late-term abortions. Known as the "Pain Capable Unborn Child
Protection Act," the legislation prohibits most abortions after the unborn child has reached 20 weeks of gestation.
The bill is premised on growing scientific evidence that by 20 weeks after fertilization an unborn child's nervous and sensory system has developed to the point that excruciating pain is experienced during an abortion. At the same time the point at which a preborn child is viable continues to advance, as more and more premature babies are surviving outside the womb as early as 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The House was scheduled to vote on the bill back in January on the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade
decision legalizing abortion on demand. However, the
vote was scuttled over a major battle within the majority Republican caucus over the language of a rape and incest exception in the bill.
The final version of the bill adopted earlier this month includes such an exception, allowing late-term abortions to still occur if a woman claims she is a victim of rape or incest. This is a massive loophole which dramatically weakens the enforceability of the measure and is certain to be widely abused. At this point in a pregnancy, a woman has had five months to exercise her right to obtain an abortion if she has truly been impregnated due to a sexual assault.
Other exceptions to the ban are if continuation of the pregnancy would threaten the life of the mother, or result in "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function."
Despite the cowardly concession on the bogus rape and incest issue, supporters hailed the bill's passage. "This bill is a deeply sincere effort to protect both mothers and their pain capable unborn babies from the unspeakable cruelty of evil monsters like Kermit Gosnell
," said Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona, the chief sponsor of the proposal.
Kermit Gosnell is the late term abortionist found guilty of infanticide in 2013 for murdering infants born alive at his Philadelphia abortion clinic. An extensive investigation of Gosnell's clinic by federal prosecutors found unspeakably hideous conditions and practices that were so repulsive that the facility was described as a "house of horrors."
Congressman Mike Kelley of Pennsylvania pointed out that late-term abortions are not only lethal to the child,
but treacherous to the mother. "Women seeking abortions at 20 weeks are 35 times more likely to die from the procedure than they are in the first trimester, and 91 times more likely to die from an abortion at 21 weeks of beyond."
The bill was adopted on a vote of 242-184. Missouri Representatives Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Jason Smith, and Ann Wagner voted for the 20-week abortion ban. Congressmen William (Lacy) Clay and Emmanuel Cleaver voted to allow abortionists to continue to murder preborn children in the womb despite the fact that their age is the same or nearly the same as infants found in neo-natal intensive care units across our nation.
Dr. Colleen Malloy, an assistant professor of Neonatology at Northwestern University, says the science is indisputable. "In today's medical arena, we resuscitate patients at this age and are able to witness their ex-utero growth and development. The difference between fetal and neonatal pain is simply the locale in which the pain occurs. I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection."