Capable of Pain


Rep. Trent Franks • May 13, 2015

Medical evidence available to us today is extensive and irrefutable; unborn children have the capacity to experience pain, at least by the beginning of the 6th month of pregnancy and very likely, substantially earlier. H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would protect unborn children who can feel pain from inhumane, tortuous late-term abortions from the beginning of the 6th month of pregnancy until birth.

Throughout America’s history, the hearts of the American people have been moved with compassion when they discover a theretofore hidden class of victims, once they grasp both the humanity of the victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them. H.R. 36 gives us an unparalleled opportunity to recognize a hidden class of victim, to speak for those whose voice has been silenced, and to say once and for all that Americans are worth protecting, even in the womb.

Exactly two years ago to the day, Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing a mother and murdering innocent, late term, pain-capable babies in his grisly torture chamber abortion clinic. More than 18,000 very late-term abortions are occurring in America every year placing the mothers at exponentially greater risk and subjecting their pain-capable unborn babies to torture and death without anesthesia in the land of the free and the home of the brave. It is the greatest human rights atrocity in the United States today.

Let us not forget that, had Gosnell decapitated these babies while still in utero, only moments earlier, he would have, in many places nationwide, been performing an entirely legal procedure. The difference between murder and a completely legal action is mere inches. If America truly understands that horrifying reality, hearts and laws will change.

American public opinion supports protecting these babies from the excruciating pain of dismemberment in the womb. Recent national polling by Quinnipiac, Huffington Post, and Washington Post/ABC News all found that a clear majority of Americans support protecting unborn children after 20 weeks gestation.

Knowingly subjecting our innocent unborn children to these brutal procedures in the womb, particularly when they have developed to the point that they can feel excruciating pain, belies everything America is or was ever called to be. I hope you will join me in supporting this legislation as we work to prevent another Kermit Gosnell.

The question that does remain is will those of us privileged to live and breathe in this the land of the free and the home of the brave finally come together and open our minds and hearts to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them?

— Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ)

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