Don’t Dismiss This

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

Any casual news observer may have no idea what today’s abortion vote in the House is actually about. Catching a radio report this morning, I learned that this is being orchestrated to make social conservatives feel included in legislation, but has no chance of passing the Senate. Sure, if you claim it bans all abortions, and utter other incomprehensible and erroneous things in response to a reaction to a human-rights travesty on our watch.

Dealing with the facts of the legislation and life, Marsha Blackburn humanizes today’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Writing for Politico:

She was a real heavyweight fighter in the NICU, barely breaking the three-pound mark, having arrived several weeks too early. But she fought, as all preemies do. We saw it from the start – she would cry and flex at every prick and prod, and each breath was labored. But just as she was determined to live, we were determined to see her live. And she does live. She lives gloriously as my 14-year-old beautiful, compassionate, determined niece.

The congresswoman continues:

Life’s amazing potential often surprises us and too often we underestimate it. And that sacred connection of witnessing life’s potential compels us to stop turning a blind eye to the scourge of late-term abortions in our great country. 

She explains the sober, urgent, rationale for the bill:

Science tells us that unborn babies react to touch as soon as 8 weeks into the pregnancy. They feel pain by 20 weeks. For anyone who has ever seen an ultrasound of an unborn child, it’s clear they have distinct, human characteristics. Doctors have testified they have seen babies on the sonogram flinch and move away from sharp objects during surgical procedures or during abortions to avoid the pain. Technology has advanced and so should our laws to protect women and children.

Blackburn makes a plea to her Democratic colleagues:

A vote in favor is a vote for human decency and public health safety. A vote against is simply indefensible. Our bipartisan proposal doesn’t stop all abortions as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) claimed last week. Will other Democrats join me in protecting women and children who feel pain or will they be on Pelosi’s side protecting Gosnell-like, late-term abortions as sacred ground?

And she adds, for Mrs. Pelosi’s benefit: “Protecting late-term abortions isn’t sacred ground anymore and it never was to begin with.”

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