1) After 20 weeks, the risks of abortion to the mother increase significantly.
2) After 20 weeks, emerging science suggests that the baby can feel pain.
3) The point of "viability," when the baby can survive outside the womb, has dropped dramatically since Roe v. Wade and may now be as early as 22 weeks.
4) A strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortion.
|Above: Pro-life advocate Lauren Handy|
demonstrates outside Speaker Boehner's office
Today, finally, the babies get a vote in the House. You can read the bill here.
The vote is timed to coincide with the anniversary of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell's convictions for homicide and manslaughter.
When Gosnell was on trial, I was a recent law school graduate doing a public service fellowship with Americans United for Life. As part of that, I witnessed the closing arguments in Philadelphia.
I was in the same room as a serial killer.
His defense attorney argued as best he could that Gosnell's infant victims weren't human. Everyone there knew better. He argued that they never took a breath outside the womb, that they were stillborn, that Gosnell didn't technically break the law. But he couldn't give a satisfactory answer to the question on everyone's mind: If they weren't alive, why did he cut their spinal cords with scissors?
The grand jury found that Gosnell got away with murder for years, perhaps decades, because Pennsylvania politicians refused to enforce abortion industry regulations. The absolute least we can do in memory of his victims is to give the law more teeth.