On February 15, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. House of Representatives, which aims to ban most abortions after 20 weeks. According to the Catholic News Agency, nearly one-third of the House members are currently in support of the bill.
“Pain, we all dread it. We avoid it. We even fear it,” said Smith. “And we all go to extraordinary lengths to mitigate its severity and its duration for ourselves. Yet every day, a whole segment of human beings is being subjected to painful — and deadly — procedures.”
In the House, 143 members co-sponsored the bill. Similar bills passed the House in both 2015 and 2017 but failed to pass in the Senate. However, with pro-abortion lawmakers currently holding control of the House, the pro-life act is not expected to pass.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced a similar 20-week abortion ban in the Senate in January.
It is widely believed that babies can begin to feel pain by 20 weeks, and doctors performing prenatal surgery give anesthesia to their preborn patients. Yet other research in recent years shows that babies likely feel pain much earlier than previously thought, somewhere between eight and 12 weeks.
The most commonly committed second-trimester abortion is a D&E. As explained in the video below by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino, a D&E is committed without any pain medication and often without feticide administered. The child is violently killed when the abortionist tears the baby’s arms and legs from her torso with forceps before he crushes her skull and pulls her body out of her mother’s womb in pieces.
Babies born as young as 21 weeks are capable of surviving outside the womb when provided with proper medical care. Jemarius Jachin Harbor Jr. was born at 21 weeks in December 2019, making him the youngest surviving preemie ever. Baby Richard Hutchinson was born at 21 weeks and two days in June 2020 and was home in time for Christmas. Eliora “Ellie” Schneider was born at 21 weeks and six days and made a special appearance at the State of the Union in 2020 to prove that prematurely-born babies can thrive.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would protect preborn children who are at an age when it is not only indisputable that they can feel pain, but that they can survive outside the womb as well.
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