Our coalition is brokenhearted that there were not enough votes yesterday in the US Senate to pass two common-sense pro-life bills that would end late-term abortions and guarantee prenatal care to infants born alive during a failed abortion.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, introduced by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), would have protected unborn children from late-term abortion after five months. The bill is known as “Micah’s Law” in honor of Micah Pickering, who was born prematurely at twenty weeks (22 weeks gestation). The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE), would have amended title 18, United States Code, to prohibit a health care practitioner from failing to exercise the proper degree of care in the case of a child who survives an abortion or attempted abortion.
It is a scientific fact that babies feel excruciating pain by at least 20 weeks, or five months, more than halfway through pregnancy. These types of legislation would have protected those babies, who are recognized by fetal surgeons as a separate patient from his or her mom.
While we commend North Carolina’s two Senators—Richard Burr and Thom Tillis—for voting for these important bills, we still have a Governor in North Carolina who vetoed the same Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Act last year and supports killing babies in the womb up to and even after birth.
Governor Cooper agrees with Democrats in the US Senate who chose infanticide and late-term abortion instead of compassionate care and life for babies.
The team at NC Values Coalition is working hard to inform voters about Governor Cooper’s extreme views on abortion as well as the extreme views of his legislative allies, so those voters can choose life at the ballot box in November.
PS: Early voting is still open, but the February 29th end date is rapidly approaching. If you haven't already, would you consider using our voter toolkit to find your local polling site, and vote for pro-life primary candidates who share your values?