Though the president surely will veto it, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday by a vote of 242 to 184. An excerpt of Rep. Chris Smith’s remarks about the bill:
“Two years ago today, Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder, conspiracy to kill and involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to life imprisonment.
“Even though the news of Gosnell’s child slaughter was largely suppressed by the mainstream media, many of my colleagues may remember that Dr. Gosnell operated a large Philadelphia abortion clinic where women died and countless babies were dismembered or chemically destroyed often by having their spinal cords snipped—all gruesome procedures causing excruciating pain to the victim.
“Today, the House considers landmark legislation authored by Trent Franks to protect unborn children beginning at the age of 20 weeks post fertilization from pain-filled abortions.
“The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is needed now more than ever because there are Gosnells all over America, dismembering and decapitating pain-capable babies for profit…”
Earlier this year, Star Parker spoke at the Family Research Council’s ProLifeCon about a different pro-life measure, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which George W. Bush signed into law in 2002.