Why the 20 Week Abortion Ban Is a Huge Step

Recently, I wrote about how a majority of America’s youth are not only pro-life but support legislation making all or most abortions illegal.  So too, two-thirds of all Americans oppose second trimester abortions.

Well, this week, Congress finally listened passing the bipartisan Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and while some in the pro-life movement seem to have been hung up on the incomprehensible position that until we can protect every life, we should protect no lives, it is important to step back and take a look at what a monumental step this is.

As ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow and I wrote in the Washington Post: “This bill is one small step for mankind.  One baby step toward protecting the lives of all Americans.  Putting aside partisan blinders, preventing the abortion of babies that feel the pain of having their lives ended is common sense.”

We explained:

The premise of the bill is simple.  Empirical scientific medical evidence now shows that . . . by 20 weeks in utero, babies can feel pain.  They feel the pain of an abortion. They feel the pain of the dismemberment of their limbs common in late-term abortions. They feel the same pain that the babies killed by Gosnell felt. . . .

People of all faiths, of all walks of life, can agree that we must protect the ultimate right, the right to life.  As Americans see how that right has been diabolically abused by those like Gosnell, as technical advances and advances in medicine continue to prove that an unborn baby is a human life, we are one step closer to protecting the lives of all Americans.

While the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act faces an uphill battle in pro-abortion Senator Harry Reid’s Senate, it deserves a vote.  The unmistakable cry of posterity demands it.

Every life is precious.  And for that reason, any legislation that moves the ball forward, that protects A life, is worth getting behind.

You can read our entire Washington Post Op-Ed here.


Matthew Clark is Associate Counsel for Government Affairs and Media Advocacy with the ACLJ. A lifelong citizen of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he lives with his wife and three boys in Northern Virginia. Follow Matthew Clark: @_MatthewClark.

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