Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015

New child protection act would save 18K babies from abortion each year

While the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is introduced into Congress by South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a new report by the pro-life group Life News, points to the possibility of preventing 18,000 abortions (or more) annually.

The act would stop late abortions when unborn babies are thought to be capable of feeling pain at 18 weeks, according to Life News.

“Abortion is the human rights issue of our time. Despite where a person comes down on the issue of life, one cannot discount that a baby can feel pain at 20 weeks or five months of pregnancy. In fact, the majority of Americans agree that abortions at 20 weeks, or when a baby feels pain, should be restricted,” said Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America.
photo Peter anemoneprojects via Flickr

photo Peter anemoneprojects via Flickr

According to Congressman Trent Franks (AZ), more than 18,000 late term abortions are performed every year on 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,” he said.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 9,700 abortions were done at 18-20 weeks and 7,200 abortions were done on babies older than 21 weeks.
“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection applies protection beginning at 22 weeks LMP (20 weeks fetal age), about the beginning of the sixth month,” Johnson wrote in a memo to Congress. Beginning just one week later, one-fourth to one-third of premature babies survive long-term with good neonatal care.”
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  1. Rolling Stone exploits Alex Morris’ miscarriage to defend Planned Parenthood - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] LAWS” (as Morris calls them in attack piece) I want to gut the adoption red tape and ban abortions after 18-22 weeks (when the fetus can pain) and hand those babies to parents and organizations ready to care for […]

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