Ninety-Five Congressmen Sponsor DC Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

By Craig Bannister | April 26, 2013 | 4:43pm EDT

Ninety-five congressmen led by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) today introduced a bill restricting abortions in the Nation's Capital after the 20th week of pregnancy.

"The medical community has reached a clear consensus that unborn children at this stage, and perhaps even in earlier stages, can feel pain, Rep. Franks said after introducing the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Rep. Franks said.

"Several states, including my home state of Arizona, have already signed similar legislation into law," Franks noted. In July of last year, a federal judge upheld the ban.

Rep. Franks cited the horrific details coming out of the ongoing murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to highlight the cruelty of abortion:

"The graphic accounts from abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell's murder trial remind us that abortion is a brutal and torturous enterprise.  This trial brings to light the gruesome nature of what happens in abortion clinics all across the country, including our nation's Capital where abortions are legal up to the moment of birth.

"The District of Columbia has always had an abysmal record where the protection of unborn children is concerned.  Now is the time for my colleagues to step up to our Constitutional responsibility and not sit idly by while this grotesque and brutal procedure, which rips the live pain capable babies apart limb by limb, continues in the national Capital of the land of the free and the home of the brave."

The National Right to Life website provides resources documenting how abortion inflicts pain on the unborn, including:

  • Medical illustrations of a "dilation and evacuation" (D&E) abortion, a method often used during the second trimester, click here.
  • Video of the graphic 2012 congressional testimony of former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, demonstrating how this type of abortion is performed, click here. To read Dr. Levatino's printed testimony, click here.
  • Medically accurate illustrations of the partial-birth abortion method, usually used during the fifth and sixth months (and sometimes later), click here.
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