SBA List Calls on Congress to Enact Nationwide Protection of Babies Capable of Feeling Pain

Mallory Quigley, 202-223-8073

Dannenfelser Applauds Rep. Trent Franks for Seeking to Protect All Children 20 Weeks and Older

Washington, D.C. ─ This afternoon the Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List), a national pro-life organization, praised Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) for revising his D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to safeguard babies nationwide by banning abortion past 20 weeks gestation. Scientific research shows that unborn children feel pain at that point in development and possibly even earlier. This effort comes on the heels of numerous calls from commentators across a wide range of backgrounds for a federal late-term abortion ban.

“As the nation grapples with the horrific details of the Kermit Gosnell trial and continually emerging evidence of the brutality of late-term abortion, we must have a conversation about where we step in to protect the rights of the most vulnerable,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “Commentators from Kirsten Powers, to Cal Thomas – even pro-choice leaders like Frances Kissling – have agreed that a limit to late-term abortion is worth discussing. Compassion must lead us to draw a firm line to protect women and babies across the country from practices that are devastating to them and searing to our consciences.

“We praise Rep. Franks for his courageous leadership on this bill and urge all Members of Congress to support this effort to protect unborn children and their mothers from the horrific pain of abortion.”

Previously, SBA List grassroots activists sent nearly 40,000 messages to Congress encouraging their representatives to support a ban on late-term abortion in the District of Columbia and nationwide.

This update comes just days after Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found guilty of the murder of three newborn children and the negligent death of a patient. Allegations also surfaced this week that similar atrocities are being committed by a Houston, Texas based abortionist. The SBA List has compiled an ever-expanding fact sheet on abortion industry negligence and brutality occurring nationwide.

The Susan B. Anthony List and its affiliated Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, are dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women at all levels of government.  The SBA List is a network of more than 365,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.


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