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sen. Lindsey Graham, who last week proposed federal legislation that would severely limit long-term abortion, said unborn children deserve protection.
“Pain is part of the human experience, and so is compassion for those who suffer pain. For too long our nation’s laws have barred unborn children from this compassion, even as mounting evidence shows they can feel pain for at least 15 weeks into their development,” the South Carolina Republican wrote in an op-ed published Sunday on the website of the United Nations. United Nations was published. Fox News website.
“That’s why we strongly support and encourage others in the pro-life community to get behind the ‘Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act,'” he wrote in the piece, co-authored with President Marjorie Dannenfelser. by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.
“This legislation sets a minimum national standard that limits abortion beyond 15 weeks. It would also allow states that choose to do so to take additional measures to protect unborn children,” the comment said.
“There will come a time when the rights of states will have to give way to human rights. Life is one of those problems,” Graham said.
The senator said his legislation would align the US with the standard in European countries and differentiate America from regimes in China and North Korea.
“The US is one of the few countries, including China and North Korea, to allow abortion on demand up to birth. It’s time we got America out of this horrific club and aligned with modern science and the rest of the civilized world,” Graham and Dannenfelser wrote.
“Most of our European allies restrict abortion by at least 15 weeks. Developed countries such as Switzerland, Denmark and Norway allow abortion up to 12 weeks, while France, Germany, Belgium and Spain allow abortion up to 14 weeks,” they said.
“In total, 47 out of 50 European countries ban abortion by the 15th week at the latest – the same standard we encourage the United States to adopt,” the piece states.
Graham said that in the nearly 50 years since Roe v. Wade, Americans have “been denied a voice on abortion.
“But since the Supreme Court quashed the landmark case in June, some states have taken steps to protect the unborn, while others have not.
“Today, in some states there are currently no protections for the unborn. These states not only allow abortion on demand — up to the time of birth — but actively encourage women to travel to their state to have taxpayer-funded abortions,” Graham said.
He said much of what is known about pre-birth development has changed “drasically” since Roe v. Wade in 1973, noting that after 15 weeks, “unborn babies make fists and facial expressions.”
According to WebMD, the eyebrows and hair on the top of the head start to grow, bones get harder and the baby may even suck his thumb. Their organs are now fully formed and will continue to grow. Maybe this week you’ll be able to see the baby’s gender with high-resolution ultrasound!’” he said.
“There is never a bad time to stand up for the unborn. The pro-life community should not stand by or step down. We must speak out and speak out when states adopt inhumane standards for the protection of life. We reject the idea of legitimizing the cruelty of the North Korean and Chinese standard of abortion in America,” he said.