There are so many important political situations right now. Among them is the bill HR 1797: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which is currently making its way through the House. If the bill passes, it would be illegal to abort unborn children after 20 weeks gestation in the US. These are infants, who, science has shown, are capable of feeling pain.
This NRLC fact sheet explains how an unborn baby’s ability to sense pain develops. According to the fact sheet, at 20 weeks “all anatomical links needed for pain transmission to the brain, for feeling pain, are present.” It also quotes Dr. Paul Ranalli a neurologist at the University of Toronto:
“At 20 weeks, the fetal brain has the full complement of brain cells present in adulthood, ready and waiting to receive pain signals from the body, and their electrical activity can be be recorded by standard electroencephalography (EEG)”
Everything that is physically needed to feel pain is there in the unborn child by 20 weeks. The same brain cells and neurons that allow us to feel pain can be found in that baby.
Doctors On Fetal Pain also explains:
“By 20 weeks post-fertilization, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult human—for example, by recoiling. Surgeons entering the womb to perform corrective procedures on unborn children have seen those babies flinch, jerk and recoil from sharp objects and incisions.”
These babies not only have all the anatomical features necessary to feel pain but they have also been seen reacting to painful stimuli. If they react like this to procedures meant to help them, how would they react to the painful stimuli of abortion? (I’ll get into this a bit more in a moment.)
Dr. Colleen Malloy, a professor of neonatology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, testified on fetal pain on an earlier version of this bill (HR 3803). She “confirmed that the ability of the fetus to feel pain was the ‘majority view’ of those in the field of neonatology.” (from this lifenews.com article).
These unborn babies can feel pain. They have been seen reacting to it. Yet, we abort them in methods which we might shutter to describe because of their sheer gruesomeness. Many abortions involve tearing the baby limb-from-limb. This link will take you to medically accurate drawings of such a D&E abortion at 23 weeks. WARNING: you may find these images graphic.
Dr. Levatino MD gave testimony regarding this bill before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. His testimony includes a description of a D&E abortion from the perspective of an abortionist.
These babies can feel pain, yet we do this to them. If someone did this to an adult can you imagine how the world would react? Or what if a mother gave birth to a preemie at say, 24 weeks. Would a doctor be allowed to tear the child apart? So why is it different inside the womb?
The unborn need protection. The bill is a step in that direction. It helps to show the humanity of the unborn. They feel pain. They are human. They deserve to be protected from abortion.
For more on the bill see here and here. The first link will take you to the house.gov page for hearing information regarding HR 1797. On the right is a column with links to witness testimonies. the other is a list of all the representatives co-sponsoring the bill. Is your rep on the list??
These children feel pain. Yet we subject them to horrors we would never tolerate for anyone else. Spread the word about HR 1797! Work to protect these unborn babies! Share on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, etc.
Please comment below and tell me what you think of this bill or what you’re doing to support it.
*images courtesy jillstanek.com http://www.jillstanek.com/2013/06/pro-life-help-needed-to-push-fetal-pain-bill/