When you read the words "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," what pops into your head?
Is it the thought of an unborn human baby with pain receptors throughout its entire body being torn apart limb by limb? Or is it politics? You know, good old-fashioned political maneuvering for the sake of advancing an agenda?
In a recent piece for The Hill, the Guttmacher Institute’s director of Public Policy, Heather Boonstra, discussed the March Senate Judiciary hearing that addressed two abortion bills, one of which was the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. "Both bills would do nothing to advance public health and are instead yet another attempt to politicize women’s health and limit women’s access to abortion care," wrote Boonstra.
But Ms. Boonstra is failing to see the big picture when it comes to fetal pain.
While there are plenty of things that we as a society disagree about, there are some things that just don't or shouldn't have sides. Child abuse is one example. As a society, we do not accept this behavior. Federal law defines child abuse as "any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results in death, serious physical or emotional harm, sexual abuse or exploitation;" or "an act or failure to act which presents an imminent risk of serious harm."
The same is true of animal abuse or any form of sexual abuse. To inflict on an innocent human or other living creature extreme physical, mental, and emotional pain is simply not accepted in our society. And rightfully so.
This brings us back to the topic of fetal pain and the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
An unborn baby at 20-weeks gestation is a living human being. It has a heartbeat. It has brain waves. Its organs function. It sucks its thumb. It is alive.
In addition, scientific evidence reveals that an unborn baby at 20-weeks gestation can feel pain.
“There is ample biologic evidence—physiologic, hormonal, and behavioral evidence—for fetal and neonatal pain," testified Professor Colleen Malloy of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine at the Senate hearing. "In fact, the fetus and the premature neonate may be even more susceptible to the pain experience. There is ample evidence to show that while the pain system develops in the first half of pregnancy, the pain modulating pathways do not develop until the second half. It is later in pregnancy that the descending, inhibitory neural pathways mature, which then allow for dampening of the pain experience."
As we learned in the informational videos created by Live Action, abortionists continue to perform dilation and evacuation abortions up until 24 weeks. This process includes inserting a clamp with sharp "teeth" into the woman's uterus in order to grasp the baby's limbs one by one and remove them—effectively dismembering the child.
I don't know about you, but that gives me serious James Franco in 127 Hours flashbacks. Can you imagine the pain you'd feel if your arm was ripped off? Your leg?
Unfortunately, this happens to unborn babies every day in the name of "healthcare."
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is not about politics. It's not about women's health. It's about putting a stop to the act of willfully inflicting excruciating pain on another human being.
We are better than this.
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