Tag archives: Late-term Abortion

Whose War on Women?

by Robert Morrison

June 18, 2013

Gosnell never happened. There never was a trial inPhiladelphia. Testimony was never received in a public courtroom that “this one is big enough to walk me to the bus.” We never heard that it was “raining blood” in that human abattoir, that late-term abortion facility.

There were never babies born alive, screaming as they were thrown into a toilet. There were never children who survived and who were stabbed in the neck and whose spinal cords were snip-snipped by Kermit Gosnell. None of this ever occurred. Those rows of “reserved” seats—so denoted for the national media—remained empty for weeks. Don’t look. Don’t report. If you ignore it, it all goes away.

Thank goodness, there was J.D. Mullane. He was a pro-choice reporter for a local newspaper. But he reported what he saw in that courtroom honestly. And then, Kirsten Powers. This liberal journalist deserves our gratitude for her powerful column in USA Today.

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations?

It’s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.

Women died in Gosnell’s house of horrors. And yet speaker after speaker in the floor debate in the House of Representatives charge that it is the pro-life members who are engaged in a war on women. These pro-abortion members of the House are not shocked. They act as if they never heard of Kermit Gosnell.

Does the fact that most of those aborted in America, over 50 million unborn children whose lives have been brutally cut short are female not register with these supposed defenders of women?

In China, there have been an estimated 338,000,000 forced abortions since the beginning of the heinous One-Child policy. That is more than the entire population of the United States. And the vast majority of those killed are female. Hundreds of millions of these forced abortions left women injured and devastated.

And still, none of those who charge pro-life members and supporters with making “War on Women” have raised their voices against China’s horrific policies.

The ban on abortions post-20 weeks will protect unborn children and women. This bill respects the opinions of 64% of women in America who, as Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) points out, strongly believe such late-term abortions—where the unborn child feels excruciating pain—ought to be banned.

One of the worst aspects of this debate is the sneering assumption that this vital question is of no import, of trivial importance. Why, one pro-abortion member complained that it costs $24 million a week to run the U.S. House of Representatives. Why, she asked, were we wasting money and time on such a frivolous measure?

Well, economists who specialize in human capital, have shown us that each human life in America can be expected to earn, on average, $1 million in his or her lifetime. So, each of the 21,700 human lives taken weekly in this country by abortion might have contributed immeasurably to our national life and economic well-being.

Surely, this protective pro-life measure is a modest step toward restoring the right to life so cruelly and unjustly denied to millions in this land of the free.

FRC in the News: May 30, 2013

by Krystle Gabele

May 30, 2013

With the IRS it’s now your money and your life

FRC President Tony Perkins recently wrote an op-ed that appeared on Fox News discussing the recent IRS scandal.  Perkins noted that it is not just the IRS investigating conservative groups, but the overreach into our personal lives as well. 

The vast powers of this agency are not limited to taxing us. They can demand and get a vast amount of information about our personal lives. Applicants seeking to register with IRS were required to divulge what they read, whom they hired, what they talk about, even what they pray about. One pro-life group was instructed to abstain from protesting the abortions performed by Planned Parenthood. In short, they had to agree to give up their constitutional right to petition for redress of grievances as a condition for exemption from taxes. As the editors of the Associated Press are learning, under this administration, First Amendment freedoms of religion, press, assembly, and petition are all at risk.

Preventing the suffering that abortion inflicts

Anna Higgins, Director of the Center for Human Dignity at FRC, wrote an op-ed that was featured in The Washington Times today regarding the pain that is inflicted on unborn children through late-term abortion.  Higgins mentioned, in the light of the Gosnell trial, we should be actively trying to stand for the sanctity of human life by eliminating the practice of late-term abortion.

For too long, we have accepted the violent and inhumane practice of late-term abortion as a “reproductive right” instead of condemning the practice for what it is — a violent assault on the most vulnerable among us. Late-term abortion places women at high risk and violently ends the life of an unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain. Studies have shown that unborn infants can experience pain by at least 20 weeks gestation. This is why fetal anesthesia is routinely administered to unborn children who undergo pre-natal surgery. Killing a child in the second or third trimester, and thereby inflicting excruciating pain on him, is unconscionable and disturbing. More compassion is bestowed on animals and convicted criminals.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by Anna Higgins

May 28, 2013

The horrific practice of late-term abortion was brought to the forefront of the abortion debate due in part to the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The reality is that late-term abortion perpetrates the violent death on an unborn child who is fully capable of feeling pain.

The sad truth is the difference between the murders committed by Gosnell and legal abortion is not a matter of clinic conditions or even surgical form. It’s a matter of a few inches and a few minutes.

Gosnell’s murderous actions would have been perfectly legal in many states had they been done before the child was actually born. As we work to correct Roe and establish a society in which all people, no matter their stage of development, are protected, we can take steps to eliminate inhumane procedures like late-term abortion.

Several states have passed legislation making abortion illegal past the point that an unborn child is capable of feeling pain. Studies show that unborn children feel pain by at least 20 weeks gestation. These 20-week bans serve to protect the innocent child, capable of feeling pain and to protect the mother, who often suffers physical and mental harm from abortion. Additionally, Americans overwhelmingly oppose late-term abortion. A recent Gallup poll shows that 64% of Americans oppose second trimester abortion and 80% oppose third trimester abortion.

In response to the obvious need to protect children and women from late-term abortion, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill on the federal level that would effectively ban abortion past 20 weeks gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 1797, was presented last week along with several poignant testimonies in support of the legislation.

One testimony from a former abortionist who supports the bill described the grisly procedure of late-term abortion. Another testimony from a neurobiologist emphasized scientific facts that support the conclusion that unborn children experience pain and noted that in light of the evidence, the government has a compelling interest in and an ethical responsibility to protect the unborn child who is capable of experiencing pain. The importance of this bill cannot be overstated, and Rep. Franks should be commended for taking a very bold, public step to protect the unborn.

In his press release before introducing the bill, Rep. Franks highlighted the inhumanity of late-term abortion and the importance of banning it. He said, “Knowingly subjecting our innocent unborn children to dismemberment in the womb, particularly when they have developed to the point that they can feel excruciating pain every terrible moment leading up to their undeserved deaths, belies everything America was called to be. This is not who we are.”

As Americans, dedicated to the cause of life and liberty for all, we can and must do better. Also, as believers dedicated to the cause of Christ, we know that protecting the most innocent among us - those made in the image of God - is of the utmost importance. Passing legislation banning late-term abortion is a start along the road to protecting life at all stages. We urge you to contact your representatives and voice your support for H.R. 1797.

TONIGHT: FRC Webcast — “Inhuman: Undercover in America’s Late Term Abortion Industry”

by Anna Higgins

May 21, 2013

The gruesome practice of late-term abortion in the United States was brought to the forefront recently in the murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. While Gosnell’s facility has become well-known, it is important to point out that there are many other late-term abortion facilities operating throughout the United States. The horrific practices of these facilities were recently highlighted in a series of undercover videos by Lila Rose of Live Action.

Late-term abortion facilities are aborting children well into the second and third trimesters – subjecting unborn children to violent and painful death. Studies show that unborn children can feel pain as early as 20 weeks gestation. Currently, many states allow late-term abortion procedures despite the evidence of the pain capability of unborn children. The violent nature by which Gosnell killed his infant victims outside the womb would have been legal in many states if it had been carried out before birth.

In order to put an end to these inhumane practices, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is introducing The Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), which, if passed, will implement a nationwide ban on abortion past 20 weeks gestation.

The Family Research Council is hosting a very important webcast tonight at5:00 p.m.(EDT) to expose these late-term abortion practices. Guests will include Lila Rose of Live Action, Rep. Trent Franks, and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.). Please join us for the webcast. Together we can raise awareness about the dangers the abortion industry poses to women and children and end the grisly practice of late-term abortion.