WASHINGTON – “Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder for severing the necks of just-born babies, but those babies would have died just as painfully if he had killed them inside the womb, as most late-term abortionists do,” commented National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “The result is the same for the baby whether it meets its end in a shabby clinic like Gosnell’s or a brand new Planned Parenthood facility — a painful death.”
Except in states that have enacted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — nine so far — most states allow abortion of at least some pain-capable babies (past 20 weeks). The legislation prevents abortion, except to save the life of the mother, of unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, which, in accordance with substantial current medical evidence, the legislation defines as occurring at 20 weeks after fertilization. Tobias called on more states to enact the legislation, and for Congress to extend the same protective law to the District of Columbia.
Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.