ongressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today led the fight in the House of Representatives to protect women and babies from dangerous late-term abortions. H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed the House with bipartisan support.
The legislation would limit dangerous late-term abortions starting at the sixth month of pregnancy when science says an unborn child can feel pain.
"The question we have to ask ourselves is this: What is the moral difference between what Kermit Gosnell did to a baby born alive at 23 weeks and aborting her moments before her birth? I suggest, humbly, that there is no difference," Blackburn said. "To condemn Gosnell is to condemn late-term abortions. To condone late-term abortion is to condone the tragedy that allowed poor women and children in that House of Horrors in Philadelphia to suffer and die.
"With over 60% of American's supporting a ban on abortions in the second trimester and over 80% supporting the ban in the third trimester, our humanity compels us to end this violent and abhorrent practice."
Blackburn talked with MSNBC's Craig Melvin earlier today about the need to end dangerous late-term abortions in order to protect women and babies from criminals like Kermit Gosnell. Read Blackburn's op-ed in Politico.