Thursday, October 05, 2017
Graves: Micah's Law will save unborn children
Earlier this year, I became a grandfather for the first time. What a joy and blessing that has been. Holding my new grandson, just as I did my own kids several years ago, reminds me of what a precious gift life truly is.
Unfortunately, not all folks recognize the value of life, and that is why I’m taking every step I can to protect it.
We know that babies in the womb feel intense pain after 20 weeks. Research from Doctors, court testimony from experts, even the Defense Attorney in the case of gruesome abortionist Kermit Gosnell - say a 20 week old baby in the womb can feel intense pain. In spite of what we know, we continue to allow abortions to occur past that 20 week mark. This puts America in the same category with China and North Korea as one of only 7 countries that allows this horror.
That's why I was proud to vote this week for Micah's Law - or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act (H.R. 36) - and I'm pleased to say that it passed the House! This important law makes it illegal to perform an abortion - except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother - after that important 20 week mark when a baby in the womb can feel intense pain.
The law is named after Micah Pickering who was born prematurely at 20 weeks. He received excellent medical care and is now a thriving healthy 5 year old! Can you imagine if his parents hadn't chosen life?
It is estimated that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act will save 2750 lives every year, possibly even more. It doesn't just save lives though; it keeps those unborn children from suffering an agonizing death. We don't allow a baby outside the womb to be tortured so why should it be any different for a baby still in the womb?
For years, pro-life legislators, myself included, have committed to taking every opportunity to protect the unborn. With a supportive President, this is the best chance we've had in years to do just that. The House has done its part; the Senate must now do theirs. Together, we can ensure that the right to life is more protected than it has been in a very long time.