Senate to Vote on Act Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks, When Unborn Can Feel Pain

The Senate will vote Monday on legislation banning abortion at the 20-week mark, the point at which unborn children can feel pain.

Pro-life leaders in the upper chamber intend to emphasize that it is time for the United States to exit the club of seven countries that allow the practice, a group that includes nations like China and North Korea.

Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, is one of the lead sponsors of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which pro-life activists are calling Micah’s law. The bill is named after a 5-year-old boy from Newton, Iowa who in 2012 was born at 22 weeks.

“When Micah was born, he was only about the size of a bag of M&Ms,” Ernst recounted in a Thursday conference call with reporters, “and yet Micah was still a perfectly formed baby with 10 fingers and 10 toes.”

“Yet there is no federal law protecting these vulnerable babies from abortion,” she continued, and “as a result, every year in our country, the lives of thousands of such babies end painfully in abortion.”

The bill will prevent over 10,000 late-term abortions annually, according to estimates by pro-life activists.

Senator Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, who was also on the call Thursday said: “In 2018, do we still want to be one of seven nations that allow abortion on demand at 20 weeks?”

He stressed that it is beyond time that the United States needs to leave the small group of seven nations that include countries like China and North Korea that allow this practice, and mentioned that several senators supporting the law would drive that point home next week.

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Source: Christian Post