Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Spirit & Life: Senate Rejects Ban on Aborting Babies Who Can Feel Pain
During his speech to this year’s March for Life, President Trump called on Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The proposed law does exactly what the name suggests it does – it bans killing unborn babies at the point when science shows they can almost certainly feel the pain of the abortion procedure, around 20 weeks.
Abortions after this point are typically performed via dismemberment – i.e. the abortionist inserts his forceps into the uterus, and then grabs individual appendages and twists them off. After that he crushes the baby’s skull and torso and pulls out the pieces.
Sometimes the abortionist administers a lethal injection to the baby’s heart first, but not always, and the injections don’t always work anyway. As late-term abortionist Leroy Carhart has testified, the baby is often alive during the abortion procedure. Given what we now know about fetal development, there is every reason to believe that the baby being aborted feels the excruciating pain of being literally torn apart, limb from limb.
In other words, abortions after 20 weeks are unbelievably gruesome and inhumane. All abortions are, of course. But there is something so self-evidently horrific about abortions in the second trimester and beyond, that even many otherwise “pro-choice” people recoil when presented with the facts. So, you might ask: Who could possibly be against banning such abortions?
A lot of U.S. Senators, apparently. Sadly, last week the U.S. Senate voted 51-46 to reject the proposed law. Tragically, among those who opposed the law were at least 14 U.S. Senators who call themselves Catholic. . . .