Support Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

March 6 is the hearing for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The civilized world has made a determination that after 20 weeks legal protection should exist both in pro-life and pro-abortion rights nations. Only seven of 193 nations do not recognize the humanity of the child in late-term pregnancy that science shows us on full display.

At 22 weeks of pregnancy, half of babies born can survive. We do not know exactly when a child can feel pain, but it seems reasonably certain at this stage to be able to do so. The child reacts to chemical pain or dismemberment in horrific fashion. Sanctioning this unnecessary suffering is unthinkable in a compassionate society. Early birth is usually a safer option for the mother at these later stages as well if a complication exists. It is time for our law to catch up to science.

Once we know the latest available facts, we are responsible as a society to find the best way to respect the humanity of all involved.

This proposed law, Senate Bill 21 and House Bill 52, gives protection to both mother and child by making post 20 weeks a safe zone where only serious risk to the mother’s health is reason to waive protection. This bill does not seek to overturn Roe, but works within the framework of high court decisions from 1992 forward.

Please contact your senator and tell them that Delaware needs to rejoin the civilized world.

David Anderson

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