Mar 15 2016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) made this statement today after chairing a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and late term abortions.
“We had a great hearing today in the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of legislation I introduced, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. A few highlights from the hearing.
• None of the witnesses provided medical testimony to challenge our underlying premise that at 20 weeks the unborn child can feel excruciating pain.
• The witnesses also didn’t challenge our assertion that there are only seven nations in the world, including the United States that allow abortion on demand at 20 weeks, the fifth month of pregnancy. It’s a bad club and one the United States should not be part of.
• Finally, as to the bill’s requirement to provide medical care to any child who survives abortion, the response was overwhelming. Melissa Ohden’s testimony was incredibly emotional and persuasive. As she said, the abortionist views their patient as the mother, not the child. It is clear Congress needs to require abortion providers to seek medical care for any unborn child that survives an abortion.
“Today’s hearing left me hopeful that over time we will build a strong, bipartisan majority to enact this legislation which will put America in a better place.”