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Here's Why the United States Must Pass Legislation to Ban Late-Term Abortions

Rebecca Downs : Oct 16, 2017  Faithwire.com

According to doctors, by 20 weeks, pre-born babies "feel pain more intensely than adults because of development of their neurological mechanisms."

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Earlier [last] week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Rep. Trent Franks' (R-Arizona) Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks, with limited exceptions. The bill passed 237-189, and has already been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

The House has voted on Franks' legislation numerous times, though now it actually looks to have a chance of passing. The science remains the same in that unborn children at 20-weeks have been human persons since conception, and that they can feel pain. The difference, however, is that President Donald Trump is now in office, and had made it a campaign promise to sign such legislation if it came across his desk. His administration released a statement signaling his support and willingness to sign.

In announcing the bill's vote late last month over Facebook, Franks wrote that "We can all agree a 20-week-old fetus who feels the torturous pain of being slashed, or cut in two, should not be killed." While all unborn children are worthy of protection, Franks acknowledges that "this is the bare minimum." Babies born way before the typical 40-weeks have survived, as was the case for a child named Micah, who appeared with Franks and was born at just 22-weeks.

For the sake of Micah, and all others who have been born early, as well as those who could still be saved, it's crucial that this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law.

Doctors have not only testified that unborn children feel pain by 20-weeks, with more recent research suggesting as early as the first trimester, but that they...

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