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Kermit Gosnell, 72, was found guilty last month of three counts of first degree murder in the deaths of babies who were born alive. The Philadelphia jury just also found the abortionist guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a pregnant woman. A 2011 Philadelphia Grand Jury report found that Gosnell often delivered babies in the 3rd trimester and then murdered them by severing their spinal cords with scissors.
â€œCongress has taken an important step toward making sure we stop abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and his horrific abortion clinic and procedures,â€ said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony (SBA) List. â€œThe House listened to the overwhelming majority of Americans, men and women, who instinctively recoil at the dehumanizing and degrading practice of late-term abortions.â€
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to Congress last month. The House approved the bill by a vote of 228-196.
â€œPassage of this landmark bill marks the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children,â€ Franks said Tuesday. â€œIt is my prayer that today also marks a day when America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of that is being done to them.â€
A Gallup poll released last month shows that 58 percent of adults say abortion should be illegal in all most circumstances; a January poll shows that 80 percent say all abortions in the 3rd trimesters should be illegal. In other words: Most Americans oppose late-term abortions.
â€œI applaud the members of the U.S. House for respecting the viewpoint of the vast majority of women, who do not support such gruesome abortion procedures performed against fully formed infants,â€ said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life. â€œThis bill both safeguards unborn children and takes an important and necessary step toward protecting the health and safety of women from the dangers of inherent abortion.â€
Women and pre-born children deserve better, Dannenfelser added.
â€œThis pro-woman, pro-science, Constitutional bill deserves an immediate vote in the U.S. Senate,â€ she explained. â€œItâ€™s simple: children capable of experiencing unimaginable pain from abortion must be protected across the country.â€