Today, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved, by a 6-4 margin, Congressman Trent Franks' (AZ-08) Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Franks, who chairs the subcommittee, released the following statement:
"I understand the unfortunate reality that today's markup will be surrounded by some degree of controversy. But we, as a nation, find ourselves at a point at which we don't offer unborn children even the most basic protections -- even protections we extend to animals and property. The trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed late abortions for what they really are: relocated infanticide. I pray we use this as a "teachable moment,' in the words of President Obama, and can agree that, at the very least, we are better than dismembering babies who can feel every excruciating moment. I look forward to the bill's moving on the full Judiciary Committee and to an eventual vote on this necessary, common-sense measure."
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks gestation. Extensive research indicates unborn children begin to feel pain at 20 weeks and possibly earlier.