Was this another volley in the “war on women,” or was this compassionate legislation to alleviate suffering?
On June 18, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act that banned abortions nationwide at 20 weeks gestation.
Arguments in favor of the act cited the accepted scientific evidence that the fetus can experience pain at this stage of development.
On the other side, some TV pundits blathered that this was just another attempt to push women back into the Dark Ages.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will probably be tabled. In the unlikely event that the bill passes, the president has vowed to veto it.
Even so, anti-abortion advocates see this as an important victory. A Gallup poll found that 64 percent of Americans believe abortion should not be permitted in the second 3 months of pregnancy, and 80 percent said it should not be permitted in the last 3 months of pregnancy. This legislation should be applauded as a needed response to the wishes of the people.
We appreciate the 228 members of Congress who supported the legislation, and we must not lose this opportunity to renew our commitment to advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves.