In the contemporary atmosphere of War on Women zealotry/lunacy, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) is of course doing his bit.
So it is not a surprise that Mr. Kline has sponsored many pieces of legislation related to the subject … one bill that has made it through two committee votes and appears to be headed for a vote by the full House is H. R. 1797 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” will be a national prohibition on aborting pain capable unborn children after twenty weeks gestation (post-fertilization age). The legislation lists 14 findings (plus constitutional authority) … weighing into medical discussion of neurodevelopment effects and children born missing the bulk of the cerebral cortex … but no mention of Congress’s role in protecting the health and lives of pregnant women.
(MN Political Roundtable)
There is no legitimate science whatsoever behind claims that fetuses are “pain-capable” at twenty weeks, or anything like it.
As always, Kline is just going along with the right-wing agenda – I’m not at all sure that he’s really capable of independent thought, in any meaningful sense of the phrase. The title of the article from which I took the following is “2013 Is Shaping Up To Be The Worst Year For Reproductive Freedom In Recent History.” It would seem to be spot-on, and we still have 6 ½ months to go.
On a call with reporters, representatives from the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom project pointed out that abortion opponents have been more aggressive about their goals in 2013, and predicted this year will “go down in record books” for advancing some of the most stringent legislation this nation has seen since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion 40 years ago. The ACLU considers the mounting pile of state-level restrictions to be a “coordinated campaign” to eventually ban abortion in every clinic in every state. The group points out that there are three prongs of attack in this national strategy: making abortion services inaccessible for women, making it impossible for abortion doctors to continue their work, and forcing abortion clinics to close their doors.