Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Banning Barbaric Abortion Practice Introduced in U.S. Senate

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Stating that he is acting more on conscience than politics, Sen. Lindsey Graham will introduce today a version of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the U.S. Senate that would ban abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy when pre-born babies are known to feel pain. Sen. Marco Rubio has signed on as a co-sponsor.

A similar, but slightly different bill was passed by the House earlier this year after a committee hearing that heard testimony scientific studies confirming pain is experienced by the baby in the womb even before the 20-week limit. Also shown at the hearing were photos obtained by Operation Rescue depicting late-term aborted babies taken by shocked employees at Douglas Karpen’s abortion clinic in Houston, Texas, in July, 2012.

The introduction of the Senate version continues the wave of legislation aimed at halting abortions halfway through pregnancy and later. Such late-term abortion bans enjoy huge popular support as Americans more are embracing the pro-life position.

A Quinnipiac Poll released in August 2013, shows 55% of Americans support banning abortions after 20 weeks. Another poll conducted by the Polling Company released earlier this year showed 65% approval for the 20-week ban. Even in more liberal enclaves, such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, where a municipal edition of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection law goes to a vote on November 19, and Albuquerque Journal Poll shows that 54% of likely voters in that city support the measure.

The late-term abortion process employed by most abortionists today is a modified version of the now-illegal Partial Birth Abortion method that is generally reviled as barbaric and inhumane. The modified version was developed by George Tiller at his infamous late-term abortion clinic in Wichita, Kansas. It involves injecting the living baby through the wall of the woman’s abdomen with an outdated heart drug called Digoxin, which is mean to stop the baby’s heart prior to inducing labor.

But Digoxin does not always work. Literature on the subject of the efficacy of Digoxin injections to accomplish “fetal demise” indicate that the injections fail about 13% of the time even under the best circumstances, and if the drug is injected into the amniotic sac instead of the fetus, the failure rate on the first try can be as astronomically high as 70 percent. Dr. Karen Feisullin, a practicing ObGyn at a Philadelphia hospital testified during the trial of Kermit Gosnell earlier this year that Digoxin injections can take up to 24 hours for Digoxin to actually kill a pre-born baby, depending where the injection is made.

This means sometimes the babies are born alive. Gosnell was convicted on 3 counts of First Degree Murder for intentionally killing babies born alive during abortions that the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection laws would ban. While Gosnell may have been the only one convicted of murdering live babies after failed abortion procedures, he certainly is not the only one to do so. The testimony and photos produced by employees of Douglas Karpen in Texas indicate that the throats of babies are cut or twisted when babies are born alive at his clinic. Operation Rescue has received reports that indicate the practice is relatively common.

The late-term abortion process, which takes 3-4 days, concludes with the delivery of the dead baby. In some cases, women are told to squat over a toilet and push their babies into the toilet bowl. Sometimes the babies are dismembered during removal. Other times, scissors are inserted into the back of the neck so suction can be used to vacuum out the content and collapse the skull for quicker delivery.

Late-term abortion specialist Shelley Sella, who travels from California to do abortions at the nation’s largest late-term abortion clinic, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, explains the procedure this way:

One four-day outpatient treatment involves euthanizing the fetus with a shot into the heart, and then inducing a full labor and delivery. Unless people understand what’s going on for the woman, it’s impossible to support it. How could you? It sounds barbaric.

“As a civilized society, we must employ other means of dealing with the challenges faced by women in the advanced stages of pregnancy than inflicting the brutality of late-term abortions on them and their well-developed babies,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue, whose staff have done extensive research on late-term abortions, and are responsible for license revocation of Tiller’s associate, Ann Kristin Neuhaus. “We support Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection laws for moral, ethical, and humanitarian reasons and applaud Sen. Graham for introducing a law that will protect pre-born babies halfway through pregnancy as a crucial step toward the eventual and complete abolition of abortion.”

Learn more about late-term abortions.

  • Dr. Robert Schwartz

    Senator Graham recognizes the barbaric immorality of baby-killing.

    a) He feels that he must ignore the political element in baby-killing. He thus endorses baby-killing
    as a platform principle of the Republican Party and, conversely, opposed by the platform of the
    Democrat Party.
    b) He recognizes in his correct conscience that killing a baby is as vicious as killing an adult.

    With regard to the first item: How has it developed in our political system of “…freedom and justice for all…” that one of our parties endorses the human slaughter of the unborn American infant and the other convincingly respects human life at the First Stage of the helpless infant’s life? How, I ask, has the issue ever degenerated into a political question, a platform policy, a feeling that separates an unborn baby’s destiny into a political choice, when, if more absurdity be needed, then add that “three weeks a hearbeat, six weeks a brainwave.”

    The horrendous reality that life and death are determined by political affiliation! What greater atrocity is needed to identify shredded politics with Hitlerian practices in this country, our United States of America, to where people have migrated to for centuries because of their search for inner peace, for freedom from persecution, for an education to learn that the mind works logically, that the family nurtures the best of human values, that the church and the temple extol the highest order of virtues. What an atrocious place some have come to develop a mind so evil that it can foster, choose or perform the slaughter of the innocents!

  • Joanne

    Some mothers who seek a late term abortion think that this procedure spares their child from suffering when the child has been diagnosed with a potentially fatal genetic disorder. They want their baby to “pass away peacefully”. Knowing that a Digoxin injection fails 13 – 70% of the time and abortion mutilates the body, the parent and abortionist have now induced the suffering they mistakenly sought to avoid.

  • Barbara

    IF WE ARE TO LIVE IN A SOCIETY WERE HUMAN LIFE HAS SO LITTLE MEANING, THAT IT HAS TO BE DEBATED ON THE PROPER TIME TO END THE LIFE OF AN UNBORN BABY I PRAY THAT GOD END US ALL. WE DO NOT DESERVE TO LIVE. POLITICIANS HAVE NO RIGHT, NONE, TO PLAY GOD AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD YOU STILL HAVE NO RIGHT TO PROHIBIT THE NATURAL PROGRESSION OF HUMAN LIFE.
    ALSO IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD EXPRESS THAT WHEN YOU MEET HIM.

  • Len Beckman

    Thank you Cheryl for posting. Imagine, Johnson&Johnson was just strong armed with a billion dollar fine for off label use of medications; here we have an outdated, misused derivative of the plant Foxglove. Ask a botanist, it is foxglove extract. Ask a druggist, it is digoxin. Ask a sorceress, like Dr. Sella, it is “witches fingers” or “goblin gloves” right from the sorcery manual. Planned parenthoodlums get away with murder, performing lethal injections that serial murderous rapists get ACLU protection from. All on the stained stainless steel altars of death where human sacrificers codifies the abortogod’s priest status at AbortInc.’s. You just can’t make this stuff up…

  • Honest Disussion

    We need this ban as important step to save babies who could very well live and thrive.

  • nancy

    Isn’t it really crazy that we know the unborn baby feels pain so we are trying to pass a bill to prevent that BUT Why are we killing babies, that we know are alive, feel pain, and are as innocent as any human being can be????!!!!!!! God will punish us for this atrocity…What has happened to civilization…WE KILL BABIES…BOTTOM LINE

  • Len Beckman

    Nancy: the question of people killing people goes back to Cain and Able. It started early; it’s just our “civilized” culture has perfected the art of the lie, the deception of emotionalism and pseudoscience and the killing for the thrill of convenience, which passes quickly as well. Joanne is accurate: Dr. Boyd, Tiller reincarnated, and Dr. Sella sell the mother on this is the painless way to help their dying child. Only that is not their call but God’s AND it is a lie as well. The mother is healthier keeping a child to term after 18 weeks (per abortionist Boyd), and the lethal injection can take one to three days of pain to kill the child. It works 100% of the time in ABQ, because the mother sitting on the toilet doesn’t retrieve her child if it lives through the drop. This is heinous evil that outpaces anything Hitler’s protege Margaret Sanger and Mengele did to Jews, handicapped, Poles etc. The only really fatal genetic disorder is in the minds of the planned parenthoodlums that concoct these schemes to kill children, bully mothers and destroy life. 1000 million is pretty much enough….dead kids at kill mills.