The United States must take reasonable steps to protect unborn children and reject the inhumane abortion policies of China and North Korea

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Pain is part of the human experience, as is compassion for those who suffer. For too long, the laws of our country have excluded unborn children from this compassion, even when mounting evidence shows that they can feel pain at least 15 weeks into their development.

That’s why we strongly support and encourage other members of the pro-life community to join the “Protection of Unborn Children Capable of Pain from Late-Late Abortions Act.” This legislation sets a minimum national standard limiting abortion beyond 15 weeks. It would also allow states, which choose to do so, to take additional steps to protect unborn children.

The United States is among a handful of countries, including China and North Korea, that allow abortion on demand up to the moment of birth. It’s time to get America out of this heinous club and into line with modern science and the rest of the civilized world.

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Most of our European allies already limit abortion to at least 15 weeks. Developed countries like Switzerland, Denmark and Norway allow abortion up to 12 weeks, while France, Germany, Belgium and Spain allow abortion up to 14 weeks. A total of 47 out of 50 European countries ban abortion by the 15th week or later – the same standard we are encouraging the United States to adopt.

For nearly 50 years, the American people have been denied a voice on abortion. Since Dobbs’ victory in the US Supreme Court, more than a dozen states have already taken action to protect the unborn child. This represents historic progress, but there is still work to be done.

Today, in some states, there is currently no protection for the unborn child. These states not only allow abortion on demand – up to the moment of birth – but actively encourage women to travel to their state for taxpayer-funded abortions.

Crowds outside the Supreme Court react to the Dobbs decision.

Crowds outside the Supreme Court react to the Dobbs decision.
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In Maryland, a new “all-trimester” abortion center is about to open and will perform abortions up to 34 weeks. Although shocking to the conscience, Maryland is not alone. Other states, including California, New York, Illinois and Oregon, are following similar paths. Unborn children will be dismembered. They will tragically be subjected to a cruel and inhumane death because these states allow abortion up to the moment of birth. As a nation, we are better than that.

There is never a bad time to defend the unborn child. The pro-life community should not sit idly by or retreat. We must speak up and speak out when states adopt inhumane standards on the protection of life. We strongly reject the idea of ​​legitimizing the cruelty of the North Korean and Chinese norm of abortion in America.

Unfortunately, some of our friends are reluctant, even resistant, to support federal action. They believe that this issue should be left solely to the states without federal control. We do not agree.

As conservatives, we believe in and respect the 10th Amendment. We also strongly believe that many wrongs have been justified under the guise of states’ rights. However, some issues define a nation and have practical consequences in the real world, regardless of state borders.

There comes a time when the rights of states must give way to human rights. Life is one of those problems.

One of our greatest conservative judicial minds, Judge Samuel Alito, authored the Dobbs decision that the people and their elected representatives will decide how abortion is regulated. The people’s elected representatives sit in state legislatures and in Congress. And Justice Brett Kavanaugh agreed, writing that the Constitution “leaves the matter to the people and their elected representatives to be resolved through the democratic process of the states or Congress.”

At the center of this case, which has been the subject of major debate for more than a year, was a state law limiting late-term abortions to 15 weeks. Even before that, the Republican conference sought to curb late-term abortions for more than a decade.

Our understanding of an unborn child and its development before birth has changed dramatically since Roe v Wade in 1973. At 15 weeks, unborn babies make fists and facial expressions.

According to WebMD, “The eyebrows and hair on the top of the head are starting to grow, the bones are getting harder, and the baby can even suck their thumb. Their organs are now fully formed and will continue to grow. You may be able to tell the sex of the baby this week with a high-resolution ultrasound!”

Fifty years ago, that was unthinkable. Today, doctors perform surgery directly in the womb. The baby is treated as an individual patient and given painkillers as standard care.

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Pain is certainly not the end of the discussion about what makes each of us human, precious and worthy of protection. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure that one day every child will be protected by law, and we believe that in time life will win out. But it is a reasonable starting point for a debate worthy of the US Senate and our nation. Ending brutal abortions after 15 weeks is achievable if enough Democrats rub shoulders with enough Republicans.

We know that voters in key battleground states prefer a candidate who supports 15-week protections over a candidate who believes in abortion on demand at any stage of pregnancy.

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If Democrats want to argue that painful, late-to-birth abortions — like those taking place in Maryland, California, New York, Illinois, and Oregon — make America a better place, they are free to do so. The vast majority of Americans reject this position.

The pro-life community should do the same.

Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

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