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June 25, 2013
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

The U.S. 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 weeks. 

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, 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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American Family Association (AFA) a non-profit 501(c3) organization was 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.

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