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June 24, 2013

Column: Where is Obama on late-term abortion?

The House passed a historic piece of legislation last week that prohibits late-term abortions.

The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” introduced by Congressman Trent Franks, R-Ariz., with 187 co-sponsors, passed in the House by a vote of 228-196. The measure prohibits abortion 20 weeks -- five months -- or more after conception.

As Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who led the debate on the bill, noted in her remarks, science is clear that at this stage, at the end of the second trimester of pregnancy, the unborn child feels pain.

This initiative was a response in the House to the tragedy and outrage of the case of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor recently convicted of murder of three children in late term abortions.

Yet despite the clarity that a child in the womb after five months is living, moving, and feeling, our president, who likes to present himself as a man of compassion, not only wasted no time in indicating he will veto this bill, but he doesn’t even want to have the conversation.

Immediately after it passed the House, the Executive Office of the President issued a statement saying that this bill was “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and that if presented with this bill, the president’s “senior advisers would recommend that he veto” it.

Does a woman’s “right to choose” really include murder?

Shouldn’t the American people at least hear an explanation from their president why he would conclude that a child -- moving and feeling in the mother’s womb -- is not life? And if it is life, why is it not murder to kill this child? And if it is murder, why should it be legal in a nation that claims to be civil, moral, and free?

You might think that differences in ideas and values are what divide our country. But perhaps it is not values or ideas that divide us but words.

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