On Thursday, abortion supporters recited stories about the emotional pain of aborting children with fetal anomalies and offered it as opposition to HB 2218, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. UPDATE, Fri. Feb. 19: The House Fed-State committee passed the bill.
The TrustWomen PAC (created by George Tiller’s assistant, Julie Burkhart) “testified” by showing a video extolling his late-term practice–the same video shown by Burkhart to this same committee in 2007. The committee would have been more enlightened with the following video, in which Tiller says (at the 3 minute point in video) that the unborn infant at 18 weeks feels pain:
Abortion supporters opposing HB 2218 brought no intellectual firepower to counter the medical experts that had testified definitively on Wednesday for the pro-life side.
Instead, bill opponents tried an emotional appeal by bringing Tiffany Campbell from South Dakota to the podium. She recounted her personal situation in 2006, with a twin-to twin transfusion syndrome pregnancy. Campbell says she followed the maternal expert recommendation to abort the ailing twin and that her only other option was a life- threatening operation.
Yet she claimed to oppose HB 2218, which clearly allows abortion when the mother’s life is threatened!
Campbell’s situation in 2006 might have qualified as a true exception permitted under HB 2218 (section 3 of the bill). Such abortions would be permitted if, “in reasonable medical judgment”, there is a true maternal medical condition that threatens the life or physical health of the woman.
What does NOT qualify under HB 2218 is an abortion
- after 22 weeks gestation (20 weeks post-fertilization)
- done for the emotional or mental health of the mother,
- or for the severity of a fetal condition.
Kansans are ashamed of the thousands of abortions done in Wichita for “mental health”–not to help save the mother’s life or prevent substantial, irreversible damage to her body.
Preserving these abortions is what all the furor —and some shockingly unprofessional behavior by pro-abortion testifiers–was about on Thursday.
The House Federal & State Affairs committee asked opponents if they had any scientific or medical information relevant to the bill. They had none. Scientific studies and common sense observation recognize that babies inside the womb, like preemies in NICU units, are hyper-sensitive to pain.