President Donald Trump is supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Bob Goodlatte, Congressman out of Virginia is one of the primary sponsors.
“Science has proven that at 20 weeks, the baby is more than just tissue or a clump of cells,” Goodlatte said. “Scientific studies into the neurological development of babies have demonstrated that by the second trimester, an unborn child has developed organs and an advanced brain structure. These babies hear music, respond to human voices, and, most importantly, they can feel pain.”
President Trump, who promised to be a champion for the pro-life cause on the campaign trail, has seemingly lived up to his promise so far.
In May, Trump reinstated the ban on the use of federal tax dollars for international abortion services. The ban was first instituted by President Reagan.
The Office of Management and Budget released a statement emphasizing that the administration “strongly supports H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.”
The statement says the bill “would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization.”
The measure, if enacted into law, would allow the procedure after 20 weeks in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother and would not penalize women. However, it would criminalize abortions after 20 weeks and punish abortion providers with a maximum five-year jail sentence.
The landmark 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade protects women’s right to have an abortion. However, more than a dozen states now ban them after 20 weeks.
White House formally endorses the 20-week abortion ban that the House plans to consider this week. pic.twitter.com/fXT5HZBhTz
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Planned Parenthood’s ghouls are panicking.
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While I applaud Goodlatte in what he said, we need to change our tune when it comes to fighting abortion. We should not let Roe Vs. Wade, the pro-abortion feminists, or even the women in our lives (not all of them) intimate us into trying to outlaw pre-born baby murder altogether. If you admit that the pre-born have bodily organs, hear music, responding to the human voices and especially if the mother sings, and above all feel pain; then we should make the argument that the unborn baby is a “Person.” If we fight and eventually give personhood back to the unborn child, then there is no need for these bills to restrict abortion, but leave “and then you can kill the baby” option.
It is time to change the abortion strategy and speak out against abortion and actually do something that will make it a criminal act. The Christian Church (they must lead the charge for others to follow) must do more than speak out with their signs (like “Abortion Kills Children”), support Pro-Life Pregnancy Centers and/or organizations like Save The Storks. Make no mistake, we should continue to do the above things, but its only half of the battle. The other half of the abortion battle is individual Christians rising up and demanding that our Government stop murdering babies in womb, and demand that they give the preborn their personhood back.
When a government strips a group of people of their personhood, it gives them a phony license (at least in the eyes of God) to abuse and eventually murder that group of people. Justice Harry Blackmun did get Roe v. Wade wrong, but he left a loophole in that decision that could dismantle his decision altogether–that being Blackmun’s own doubts about the personhood of the unborn child.