Victory for Life: American Family Association Thanks Congressmen in U.S. House of Representatives Who Voted for Protecting Unborn Babies Through Passage of ‘Pain-Capable’ Act
House of Representatives spoke up for unborn babies last week with the
passing of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a bill sponsored by
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) that will protect babies from abortion after 20
American Family Association applauds the decision and says
it’s a positive development in working to end abortion in America.
“The fact is that unborn babies do feel pain, and this law will
protect those babies from the excruciating pain of abortion,” said American
Family Association President Tim Wildmon. “In fact, doctors administer
anesthesia to babies who are operated on in utero at this stage of development.
So medical research tells us that these tiny babies feel pain. It’s time we
caught up and made it unlawful to abort a baby after 20 weeks. Our aim is to
end all abortions forever, but the House of Representative’s recent vote is a
step in the right direction.”
Two medical experts also weighed in on the subject. According to LifeNews.com,
Dr. Paul Ranalli, a neurologist at the University of Toronto, says that 20
weeks is a “uniquely vulnerable time, since the pain system is fully
established, yet the higher level pain-modifying system has barely begun to
develop.” Medical science shows that the pain unborn babies experience in
gruesome late-term abortions may even be more intense than the pain adults
experience. And Dr. Robert J. White, a neurosurgeon at Case Western Reserve
University, says, “Without question, [abortion at 20 weeks] is a dreadfully
painful experience for any infant subjected to such a surgical procedure.”
At least 300 abortion providers in the United States will perform abortions
after the 20th week.
The House vote was mostly split down partisan lines, with Republicans voting
for the ban and Democrats voting against it. Unfortunately, if the bill reaches
a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate, it is not expected to pass.
Pro-abortion President Barack Obama has also issued a veto threat. But,
regardless, the recent House vote will have impact in the fight against
abortion. Pro-life groups hope to use the measure as an election tool in 2014.
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founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was pastoring First United Methodist
Church in Southaven, Mississippi, at the time. Since 1977, AFA has been
on the frontlines of America’s culture war. The original name of the ministry
was National Federation for Decency but was changed to American Family Association
(AFA) in 1988.
Today, AFA is one of the largest and most effective pro-family
organizations in the country with over two million online supporters and
approximately 180,000 paid subscribers to the AFA Journal, the ministry's
monthly magazine. In addition, AFA owns and operates nearly 200 radio stations
across the country under the American Family Radio (AFR) banner.