HR 1797 passes – Lila Rose blasts abortion support as "disturbing," "fringe"

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Statement from Lila Rose, President of Live Action:

“We can’t be sure if the abortion is agonizing…so do it anyway.” This is the mentality behind those who oppose HR 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Even the staunchest opponents of HR 1797 went only so far as to say that there is ambiguity as to whether children at 20 weeks’ gestation feel pain. Therefore, every American should ask: shouldn’t even an abortion supporter want to be one hundred percent sure that babies DON’T feel excruciating pain before consenting to tear them apart in the womb?

Live Action supports the equal protection of every human being’s natural right to life, regardless of age, level of development, location, or even pain-capability. But the arguments against HR 1797 should prompt Americans – 64% of whom oppose second-trimester abortions, and 80% of whom oppose third-trimester abortions – to question the disturbing, fringe mentality of the abortion industry. Even when presented with the evidence that an aborted child feels excruciating agony from his dismemberment, Big Abortion’s supporters will not compromise.

Rep. Hank Johnson said, “You’re talking about unborn fetuses. You’re not talking about unborn children.” Rep. Johnson fails to understand that fetuses ARE unborn children – “fetus” is Latin for “little one” – and unborn children are human beings. And these human beings deserve to have their right to life defended.

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