April 12, 2019

The Senate Judiciary held a hearing this week on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 160) further highlighting our need to continue encouraging our Senators to uphold the sanctity of our most vulnerable, the unborn.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act bans abortion after 20 weeks gestational age due to overwhelming scientific evidence that babies at this age can feel pain. The U.S. is only one of seven countries where it is legal to get an elective abortion after 20 weeks. That list includes North Korea and China, two countries that repeatedly violate basic human rights.

In her testimony, Dr. Donna Harrison, M.D., the Executive Director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, stated that anesthetic has been given to babies for in-utero surgery for the past ten years further proving that they feel pain. Yet, unborn babies still experience horrific and torturous deaths through procedures like dismemberment abortion or abortion D & E, partial birth abortion, and saline extraction.

Despite Dr. Harris’s detailed description of the abortion procedures and the testimony of a saline extraction abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden, Democrats insisted that government should not be involved in an issue of “women’s privacy.” Ironically, Democrats continue to support legislation that limit choices and rights, particularly the rights of the most vulnerable: unborn babies. Democrats are facilitating an abortion on demand culture in the name of reproductive rights.

Eagle Forum applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for holding a hearing on a bill that protects unborn babies.  You can watch the full hearing here.