WASHINGTON, May 10, 2015 – The U.S. House of Representatives is indicating it is ready to put forth legislation that will end the practice of late-term abortions. Those who oppose the legislation, primarily on the left, argue that there should be no restrictions to abortions in any circumstance.
They argue it is the woman’s decision whether or not she wants to end the life of the child inside her.
There has been a very vigorous debate over the last few years regarding when babies are actually able to survive outside the womb, and a new study appears to have settled that debate, or at the very least, provided the pro-life movement with strong evidence in their favor.
Partial birth abortion, the process of delivering a viable child and then immediately snapping its neck, is legal and unrestricted in 24 states in this country. Three additional states have attempted to stop the procedures but have been blocked by the courts.
Washington, D.C., also has no restrictions on the act.
In roughly 30 states, the ability to abort a fully developed child is completely unfettered. This harsh reality makes the United States one of only seven developed countries in the world that allows the termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks and one of four to allow it for any reason.
The previously mentioned study, published by the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that babies are capable of surviving outside the womb earlier than previously thought. The study finds that 23 percent of babies born at 22 weeks survive outside the womb. Half of those survive without long-term impairments.
The new study contradicts previous estimates that the 24-week mark was the point at which babies were viable outside the womb. That finding may impact the rulings by the Supreme Court that states must allow abortions for women whose children are not viable outside the womb.
The House bill will most likely be vetoed by President Obama, who has publicly stated his support for partial birth abortions. However, Republicans hope that the symbolism of condoning such an abhorrent act will help showcase the fact that Democrats have adopted a very unpopular position regarding abortion.
In fact, only 19 percent of the country believes that abortion should be unrestricted, which puts Democrats in a position where 81 percent of the population doesn’t agree with them.
The president commented on the bill by saying, “The legislation disregards women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions and the Constitution.”
This statement is clearly an obfuscation by the president. The legislation states that late-term abortions will remain legal if the health and well being of the mother are jeopardized. It is also disingenuous to imply that Roe v. Wade signaled constitutional approval for late-term abortions.
Abortions are legal until viability, which this study clearly shows exists at 22 weeks.
The House bill simply intends to offer protection to human beings who aren’t able to defend themselves. This law would not restrict access to contraceptives, abortion pills, or even abortions that take place before five months. There is perhaps no life in the world more vulnerable than that of an unborn child, and the vocal attempts to deny them the right to live is troubling, to say the least.
Abortion is a reality in this country that, regardless of its cruelty, isn’t going anywhere soon. There is a huge difference between abortions that take place before 20 weeks and those that take place after.
The difference is that there is now almost no doubt that after 20 weeks, the child is alive and capable of feeling pain. At that point, after bypassing the numerous options available to terminate the pregnancy, it becomes impossible to ignore the fact that late-term abortions are taking away the life of a defenseless human being.
Almost every country in the world agrees with that premise, except the United States. Maybe it’s finally time to change that.