GUARDIANS OF THE SMALL­EST AMER­I­CANS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

“We write to bring to your at­ten­tion a com­pre­hen­sive and alarm­ing new study which found that the United States is one of just seven coun­tries world­wide that per­mit elec­tive abor­tion more than halfway through preg­nancy (be­yond 20 weeks). The study, com­mis­sioned by the Char­lotte Lozier In­sti­tute, the ed­u­ca­tion arm of the Su­san B. An­thony List, re­searched abor­tion laws in 198 coun­tries and semi-au­tonomous re­gions with a pop­u­la­tion ex­ceed­ing one mil­lion.”

“Join­ing the United States in al­low­ing abor­tions past 20 weeks are China, North Korea, Sin­ga­pore, Canada and the Nether­lands. If ranked by pop­u­la­tion size, the United States places sec­ond, beaten only by China. It is time that we in Congress act to bring the United States out of the fringe and closer to in­ter­na­tional norms on abor­tions.”

So reads a let­ter sent by Sen. Kelly Ay­otte, New Hamp­shire Repub­li­can, to her col­leagues, co-signed by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and 31 more.

“I urge Ma­jor­ity Leader Harry Reid to al­low a vote on the Pain-Ca­pa­ble Un­born Child Pro­tec­tion Act, which would bring us closer to in­ter­na­tional norms and the views of the Amer­i­can peo­ple,” Ms. Ay­otte writes.

“It is time Amer­ica join the ranks of most other civ­i­lized coun­tries by pro­tect­ing un­born chil­dren at least at the point at which they are ca­pa­ble of feel­ing pain. The House al­ready ap­proved this hu­mane mea­sure in a bi­par­ti­san vote last sum­mer. There’s no rea­son our con­stituents should be kept from hav­ing their voices heard on this is­sue in the Se­nate as well,” said Se­nate Mi­nor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, also one of the sign­ers.

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