Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

I want to let you know about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This proposed legislation would protect from abortion all unborn children who are capable of feeling pain. There is substantial medical evidence that demonstrates the ability of unborn children to feel pain from at least 20 weeks after conception.

What we know
1.     By 20 weeks after fertilization all the physical structures necessary to experience pain have developed.
2.     Unborn children react to painful stimuli, and their hormonal reactions consistent with pain can be measured.
3.     For the purpose of surgery with unborn children, fetal anesthesia is routinely administered.
4.     Abortion methods used on babies are painful.

What we need
1.     10 states have passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
2.     Last year South Carolina’s House of Representatives passed the bill, but it died in the Senate when the clock ran out.
3.     This year the bill as been introduced to the Senate first, and if passed, is almost guaranteed passage in the House.

What we can do
1.     Write to your Senator and urge him to support this bill. Included here is a template that can be used, along with contact information for your Senator. (Letters are better than emails) We want the Senate to make this bill their first priority so that it has time to clear the House as well.
2.     Spread the word. This is a grassroots movement, and the more support, the better. Forward this post to anyone who make take the time to write a letter.
3.     Pray. There will be opposition and political tactics from pro-abortionists in Columbia. Pray for this bill’s passage.

Like me, you probably wish for a bill that states life begins at conception. If that bill were up for vote I would be urging you to support it. But that bill is not up for vote, and this one is. To ignore this because it is not as good as we want would be a shame; any child aborted after 20 weeks could have been saved.

This bill is important for reasons other than banning abortions after 20 weeks. For one thing, the law can be amended as often as the science shows the unborn are pain-capable from an earlier age; if next year we can prove it is 18 weeks instead of 20, it can be changed to an 18 week ban, but that cannot happen if this bill isn’t passed.

The other reason this bill is important is it will be the first law to recognize the rights of the unborn. Until now children only have legal rights when they are born, and the laws are designed to protect the mother. This bill is a major foot in the door, and a big step towards making a “life begins at conception” bill possible. Thank you.

Sample Letter

Senator ______________,

My name is _______________________, and I live in __________________. I am writing to you in regards to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. As I’m sure you know, this bill was passed in the House, but never made it anywhere in the Senate before the legislative session expired.

We are wanting to see this bill pass the Senate as soon as possible and the go to the House. We are asking for this bill to receive your utmost attention, and for you to do everything in your power to help it pass.

Would you be willing to sign your name as a co-sponsor and do all that you can do to fight for the unborn? Thank you for your help.

(Phone Number)


Senators for Congressional District 5 (Union)

Ronnie Cromer
311 Gressette Bldg., Columbia SC 29201

Shane Martin
501 Gressette Bldg., Columbia SC 29201

Harvey Peeler
213 Gressette Bldg., Columbia SC 29201

Read the bill here

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