Senator Lindsey Graham says unborn children deserve protection

Senator Lindsey Graham, who last week proposed federal law that would severely limit late-term abortions, said unborn children deserve protection.

“Pain is part of the human experience, as is compassion for those in pain. For too long our nation’s laws have barred unborn children from that 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 piece aired on Fox Sunday News website was published .​

“As such, we strongly support and encourage others in the pro-life community to stand behind the Legislative Protection of Painful Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act,” he wrote in the article, which was co-authored by Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America.

“This legislation sets a minimum national standard that caps abortion at 15 weeks. It would also allow opting-in states to take additional steps to protect unborn children,” the comment said

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Sen. Lindsey Graham called on the pro-life community to get behind the law protecting painful unborn children from late-term abortions.
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“There comes a point when the rights of states must give way to human rights. Life is one of those themes,” Graham said.

The senator said his legislation would put the US on par with the standard in European countries and differentiate America from regimes in China and North Korea.

“The US is among a handful of nations, including China and North Korea, that allow abortion until birth on demand. It’s time we got America out of this vile club and into harmony with modern science and the rest of the civilized world,” wrote Graham and Dannenfelser.

Anti-abortion protesters demonstrate June 21 in front of the US Supreme Court Building.
Anti-abortion protesters demonstrate June 21 in front of the US Supreme Court Building.
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Pro-choice protesters gather in front of the US Supreme Court on December 1, 2021.
Pro-choice protesters gather in front of the US Supreme Court on December 1, 2021.
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“Most of our European allies already restrict abortion to at least 15 weeks. Developed nations like Switzerland, Denmark and Norway allow abortions up to 12 weeks, while France, Germany, Belgium and Spain allow abortions up to 14 weeks,” they said.

“Overall, 47 out of 50 European nations ban abortion by no later than 15 weeks—the same standard we encourage the United States to adopt,” argues the article.

Graham said that in the nearly 50 years since Roe v. Wade “was not denied a vote on abortion.

“But since the Supreme Court overturned the landmark case in June, some states have taken “measures to protect the unborn” while others have not.

“Today in some states there is currently no protection for the unborn. Not only do these states allow on-demand abortions — up to the point of delivery — they actively encourage women to travel to their states to have taxpayer-funded abortions,” Graham said.

He said that much of what is known about prenatal development has changed since Roe v. Wade changed it “drastically” in 1973, noting that “unborn babies are making fists and facial expressions by 15 weeks.”

“According to WebMD, eyebrows and hair on the top of the head are starting to grow, bones are getting harder and the baby may even be sucking his thumb. Your organs are now fully formed and will continue to grow. Maybe this week you can find out the sex of the baby with high-resolution ultrasound!’” he said.

“There is never a bad time to take action for the unborn. The pro-life community should not stand by or hold back. We must speak out and raise our voice when states adopt inhumane standards to protect life. We firmly reject the idea of ​​legitimizing the cruelty of North Korea’s and China’s abortion standards in America,” he said. Senator Lindsey Graham says unborn children deserve protection


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