#TheyFeelPain: Doctors say the GOP's anti-abortion campaign is based on pseudoscience


On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act by a vote of 237-189.

When unborn children are operated on, "fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia", the bill explains.

Franks asked colleagues to support the bill as "humane Americans" and put a stop to what he called "the atrocity of late-term abortion on demand".

But National Right to Life Committee legislative director Jennifer Popik said in an interview that her group wants the Senate to vote on the measure because "it highlights for people across the country how extreme people on the other side are on this issue". This negative impact is still being denied by those who have made abortion their god, despite women themselves speaking out on the pain and destruction it has caused. President Donald Trump has said previously that he would support the 20-week ban.

"In spite of all of the political noise, protecting these little, helpless, pain-capable unborn children and their mothers is not a Republican issue and it is not a Democrat issue", Franks said at a hearing before the House vote. Mr. McConnell's correct actions to force an up or down vote on Neil Gorsuch have demonstrated that the principled debate on this asinine 60-vote rule (that Democrats will change when they regain control) is now over.

"The bottom line is this: 20 weeks is halfway through a pregnancy".

"The United States is one of only seven nations in the world that allow children in the womb to be killed for any reason up until the moment of birth, putting us in the company of China and North Korea", she pointed out.

After Gosnell's conviction, prominent advocates of a right-to-abortion, such as Nancy Pelosi, Wendy Davis, and Cecile Richards, were unable to explain the difference between the crimes for which Gosnell was convicted and the late-term abortions they want to keep legal.

While it is the first time the House, controlled by the GOP since 2011, has passed the bill under a president willing to sign it, the legislation is not expected to gain traction in the Senate.

The statement said that the bill takes a science-based approach to unborn life "as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization". You know, a standard text on human development, Patten's Foundations of Embryology, shows how the basics of the nervous system are formed by week four. In 2006 I authored the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act that garnered 250 votes in favor-including 40 Democrats-to 162 against.

The bill alleges that "there is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier". Can average people continue to do nothing just because they feel it will never affect them? "Not only does this legislation protect unborn children, but it also protects women who face substantially higher risk of complications from a late-term abortion".

But critics say the bill's claim that fetuses feel pain is based on bad science, and call the measure an unconstitutional attempt, repeatedly stricken down by courts, to restrict abortion rights.

The bill could have a tough time passing the Senate, however, where Republicans' margin as the majority is 52-48.

McCarthy said he was hopeful that the bill would pass the Senate, thanking his friend Sen.

But the majority of Americans agree with criminalizing abortions after the second trimester.