By John Triolo, Director of Communications
Members of the Republican led United States House of Representative, in a nearly party-line vote of 229-195, approved The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would make it illegal to preform abortions on an unborn baby older than 20 gestational weeks on the basis of the scientifically demonstrable pain experienced by the child killed.
This is an undoubtedly positive development but we shouldn’t hold out too much hope that the measure will go on to pass in the Senate, which is the political home of a strong anti-life contingent. If it were to pass the full Congress our President, who is so strongly anti-life that as an Illinois legislator he supported certain legal protections for the infanticide of babies born alive, has threatened a veto. Nevertheless, the educational value of this move by pro-life forces in the House is hard to overestimate.
If handled properly, controversy sparked by this bill cannot help drawing people’s attention to the fact that, in addition to having their lives terminated, the children victimized by abortions are subjected to excruciating torment as they are dismembered. Knowing these uncomfortable facts will surely humanize the unborn in the eyes of many in the general public. There are certainly those who, if in favor of legal abortion, will be forced to revise their position, or, if opposed to legal abortion, will be forced to take a more active part in the struggle for justice.
In the words of pro-life stalwart Representative Chris Smith, quoted in an article on LifeNews, “The brutality of severing the spines of defenseless babies—euphemistically called “snipping” by Gosnell—has finally peeled away the benign façade of the billion dollar abortion industry.”
This bill has the potential to make people wake up and get real. For those of us in Massachusetts, we can build on this momentum by attending the MCFL 2013 Convention, the theme of which is “Get Real.” In addition to a fine educational program, this event will also include the unveiling, by MCFL President Anne Fox, of a new initiative, The Gosnell Project, aimed in part at refocusing public attention on the horror of abortion (CLICK HERE to register).
In the meantime, pro-lifers must not allow the issues raised by the House passage of the The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act fade out of the public discourse. Contact our senators and tell them to support the bill. Talk to your friends and family about what is happening. Write letters to your local paper. Don’t let the other side set the terms of the discussion through ad hominem attacks and distortions and especially don’t let them push this issue out of the headlines. People need to know and it is up to pro-life activists to make sure they do.