Well, some good news! There are so many issues confronting us, today, we often let things distract us from more important issues.
Today, the House passed a “pain capable” bill. An explanation for the nomenclature … It’s been found that babies at 20 weeks gestation are capable of feeling pain, thus, the name.
After months of delays, House Republicans passed a bill Wednesday that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy — except in cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life.
There were some very ugly comments in opposition to this very reasonable bill.
But Democrats maintained that the bill was, in Rep. Steve Cohen’s words, “patently unconstitutional.”
“This bill is not about viability,” the Tennessee Democrat said. “It’s a subterfuge for viability and talks about the issue of pain. Pain is not the issue; viability is the issue.”
Utterly disgusting. The child is able to feel pain. That’s the issue. What sort of animal thinks chopping up babies, capable of feeling pain, isn’t an issue?
Look, people can have discussions as to when a human life begins, and people can disagree on the issue. But, it’s unconscionable to believe anyone has a “right” to inflict horrendous pain on a baby, regardless if the baby is viable or not. Any opposition to this bill is simply horrific sadism.
It isn’t clear how the Senate will vote or move on this bill, and Zero has vowed to veto.
Still, I believe is pressure is applied, and advocacy for the bill is termed in the manner I’ve termed it in, it should pass.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, who is an ardent supporter of the legislation, spoke before the bill passed, insisting, “Protecting these lives is the right thing to do.” He also sent an email to supporters ahead of today’s vote, offering statistics that prove Americans’ want this bill passed.
- 60 percent of adults (including 59 percent of women) prefer restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks. (Quinnipiac, 11/14)
- 56 percent of adults (including 51 percent of Democrats) back restrictions on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with an additional 10 percent supporting even greater limits. (Washington Post-ABC News, 7/13)
- 59 percent of Americans either strongly or somewhat favor a federal law banning most abortions after 20 weeks. (Huffington Post/YouGov, 6/13)
- 52 percent of people 18-29 years old support banning virtually all abortions nationwide after 20 weeks. (United Technologies/National Journal, 6/13)
- 64 percent support a law prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks. (The Polling Company, 3/13)
- 64 percent think abortion should generally be illegal after the first three months of pregnancy. (Gallup, 12/12)
Now’s a good time for the will of the people to be heard!