Our Laws Protect Animals but Not Human Beings

(Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
The Senate unanimously outlawed animal cruelty but will continue to permit killing fetuses after they have the capacity for pain.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast November, President Donald Trump signed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, criminalizing some acts of animal abuse. The Senate had passed the legislation unanimously.

This week, the Senate will consider a bill to criminalize the act of killing an unborn human being after 20 weeks’ gestation, the point at which scientific evidence suggests fetuses can feel pain. But the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will not pass, because too many politicians are committed to the notion that the unborn have no rights if they are deemed unwanted.

The point is not, of course, that animal cruelty is acceptable or should

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