American law must respect the humanity of the unborn child

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Unborn babies in the womb have a heartbeat as early as six weeks. At 10 weeks, they have arms and legs, fingers and toes. And at 15 weeks, their brain structures are mature enough to process the pain.

Science shows it clearly that human life exists in the womb. Unfortunately, the laws of our nation do not reflect these facts.

Roe v. Supreme Court Wade decision said the babies were considered viable, or able to live after birth, at 28 weeks. For 50 years, this decision has been used by judges and activists to justify a national status quo of abortion on demand until birth.

However, since Roe was passed on, medical advancements have shifted the point of viability earlier and earlier. In fact, last month a baby boy born at 21 weeks was confirmed to be the world’s most premature surviving baby, proving that even the smallest babies can have remarkable strength and will to live.

This begs the question: why are we using scientifically inaccurate information as the legal basis for this cruel and inhumane procedure?

It should be noted that the United States is one of the few nations – including China and North Korea – which allow abortion on demand over half of a pregnancy, when unborn babies clearly feel pain. It is high time for all of us to hold this nation to a higher standard and to recognize the humanity of the unborn child.

Sadly, instead of standing with their fellow Americans in righting this colossal wrong that has deprived an estimated 62 million unborn babies of the right to life, the Biden administration and hardline Democrats in Congress are more radical than ever in promoting abortion-related violence. before.

Earlier this year, House Democrats passed the barbaric and deceptively named “Women’s Health Protection Act,” which would go beyond codifying the archaic ruling made in Roe, ensuring that abortion is legal for any reason, until birth, and must be paid for by taxpayers. The bill would even do away with pro-life state laws that have already come into effect.

More recently, House Democrats abandoned decades of bipartisan consensus by excluding the Hyde Amendment from the budget and their Build Back Broke legislation.

For more than 40 years, the Hyde Amendment ensured that Americans were not forced to pay for abortion-related violence with taxpayer dollars and a saved nearly 2.5 million lives. Once a supporter of the Hyde Amendment, President Joe Biden’s surrender to this long-standing bipartisan deal demonstrates his party’s turn towards extremism.

While the Democratic leadership may have changed their minds on the Hyde Amendment, the American people have not. In fact, the majority of Americans I agree that taxpayers’ money should not be used to fund abortion.

Pro-life Americans like the two of us – a current and former member of Congress – believe that all life is valuable and should be protected. One of us is a grandmother of 12 children, the other is a father of five and a foster parent. As we celebrate the Christmas season, we can’t bear to think how different the world would be if we didn’t have the chance to place a present under the tree for just one of these precious children, each of them. being a gift from God.

Our support for unborn children, women and families is unwavering. In this season as we celebrate the new life of our Lord, it is heartbreaking to see our President and fellow Democrats adopt policies that would facilitate more senseless deaths. But we’re also encouraged to see a potential victory on the horizon.

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that will determine the legality of a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks, when babies may feel pain. This monumental case could finally give our nation the chance to confront the inaccurate and immoral legal framework of Roe v. Wade.

At this time, we have a lot of reason to be hopeful. Many experts are already predicting that the court will rule Mississippi’s pro-life law, which could leave states free to pass pro-life laws that match the values ​​of their citizens, and millions of other innocent children and their families, constitutional. mothers will be protected from the horrors of Abortion.

It is time for American laws to reflect what we know to be true about the humanity of the unborn child. Therefore, we will not stop praying that the Supreme Court will ensure that our laws protect the most vulnerable among us and we will not stop fighting to uphold the sanctity of life in the halls of the world. Congress.

Pete Stauber represents Minnesota’s eighth congressional district in the United States House. Marilyn Musgrave is a former congressman who represented Colorado’s Fourth District and is vice president of government affairs for the Susan B. Anthony List.


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