The crimes committed by convicted baby killer Kermit Gosnell can't even be described on paper. Nurses dubbed his clinic a "House of Horrors." Despite claims from those who call it a choice, this case proves just how brutal abortion is. The terribly sad thing is -- he is not alone. There are more than 100 abortion doctors out there just like him, people willing to abort babies who are 20 weeks of fetal age and beyond. These aren't just fetuses, science now tells us that they can feel pain. These babies are just like the ones we see in Neonatal Intensive Care Units in hospitals in our area struggling for life, needing love.
Those children are the reason I am a proud co-sponsor of H.R. 1797, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill, which passed the House with my support on Tuesday, will ban abortions in the United States after the 20 week threshold. The only exceptions are when the life of the mother is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.
This bill has the overwheliming support of the American people. Now that the House has acted, the Senate should follow our lead.
This law will protect children. It won't end all abortions or bring back the babies that Dr. Gosnell and dozens of others have killed, but it will prevent future suffering and death.
I am pro-life because I believe that all life is precious and should be respected and I back that up with my vote. As a lawmaker, I believe I have a constitutional and moral obligation to protect those who do not have the power to protect themselves. I will continue to fight in Congress for the unborn.