Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. and 94 of his colleagues introduced a bill that would restrict Washington, D.C. abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.“The medical community has reached a clear consensus that unborn children at this stage, and perhaps even in earlier stages, can feel pain,” Rep. Franks said after introducing the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, according to CNS News.
“Several states, including my home state of Arizona, have already signed similar legislation into law,” Franks added. CNS notes that a federal judge upheld that ban in a July opinion.
Franks may have listened and taken to heart the impassioned floor speech of Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., made the day before when remarking on the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, accused of murdering newborn infants born alive following botched late-term abortions.
“May God forgive us,” she said.
Like Black, Franks brought up the Philadelphia Gosnell trial.
“The graphic accounts from abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell’s murder trial remind us that abortion is a brutal and torturous enterprise. This trial brings to light the gruesome nature of what happens in abortion clinics all across the country, including our nation’s Capital where abortions are legal up to the moment of birth,” he said.
“The District of Columbia has always had an abysmal record where the protection of unborn children is concerned. Now is the time for my colleagues to step up to our Constitutional responsibility and not sit idly by while this grotesque and brutal procedure, which rips the live pain capable babies apart limb by limb, continues in the national Capital of the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
Watch testimony presented to Frank’s committee by former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino on the issue of prenatal pain.