President Trump’s administration announced on Monday evening that it supports a 20-week abortion ban currently being considered by the House of Representatives.
The OMB expressed it’s “strong support” in a statement, indicating it “applauds” the effort “to secure critical pro-life protection” by making “it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks.”
“The bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life,” the statement says.
Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte is a prominent co-sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also known as H.R. 36.
Goodlatte explained his support of the bill in an op-ed for LifeNews.com.
“Science has proven that at 20 weeks, the baby is more than just tissue or a clump of cells,” Goodlatte wrote. “Scientific studies into the neurological development of babies have demonstrated that by the second trimester, an unborn child has developed organs and an advanced brain structure. These babies hear music, respond to human voices, and, most importantly, they can feel pain.”
Goodlatte notes that scientific data increasingly shows support for the pro-life cause.
“Scientific developments have also revealed that a 20-week old unborn baby has a chance to survive outside its mother’s womb. Many children born prematurely after the 20-week threshold live full and productive lives without complications from their premature birth. And a majority of Americans oppose aborting children who stand a chance to live on their own. In fact, many states have passed statutes indicating that abortion should be limited to before the period of viability.”
“The scientific data provide unambiguous evidence that unborn children are living, feeling human beings. There should be nothing controversial about protecting children from physical danger. For the sake of our most vulnerable, and for the conscience of our nation, we must pass H.R. 36.”
President Trump, who promised to be a champion for the pro-life cause on the campaign trail, has seemingly lived up to his promise so far.
In May, Trump reinstated the ban on the use of federal tax dollars for international abortion services. The ban was first instituted by President Reagan.
Let’s hope and pray the bill makes it to Trump’s desk.