GOP Rep. Trent Franks: It’s Time to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act

Wednesday, Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) penned an opinion piece for Fox News urging GOP figures like Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act.

The powerful piece details the President’s steadfast commitment during the presidential election to the pro-life cause, with Franks noting that the President denounced the “torturous and horrifying practice of partial-birth abortion,” going on to explain the gruesome details while Hillary Clinton defended aborting the child in the ninth-month.

Rep. Franks noted:

“This moment was a turning point in the election. A quarter of Americans said that the debates were the ‘most important factor’ in their decision to vote. I strongly believe, as others has surmised, Trump’s pro-life commitments made the critical difference in his election.”

The truth is, President Trump taking these powerful, deterministic stances on issues that he could get behind logically made him the superior candidate. He didn’t say or do things because of focus groups, and this translates to why he won and what the voters wanted, reinforcing Franks’ points further.


Representative Franks goes on to bring up one of the most important campaign promises that then-candidate Trump proposed, which would be the signing into law of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is intended to “end painful late-term abortions nationwide.”

Rep. Franks details the Pain-Capable Act and the struggle of getting McConnell and others to be more aggressive with this legislation:

The Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act, except in rare circumstances, prevents any person from performing an abortion from the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy forward, when all credible experts know the preborn baby can feel pain. This bill would prevent the ghastly practices Trump described in that pivotal third debate – the practices that Clinton ardently defended and made her look so inhumane and out of touch with the mainstream of America on this issue. American voters agree – no pain capable baby should have to undergo agonizing dismemberment in an elective late term abortion.

House leadership should be applauded for bringing this bill to the floor. But, the House has passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act before only to see it disgracefully languish in the Senate without even a debate or fair up or down vote.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has stunningly allowed Democrats to use arcane Senate rules to gridlock this incredibly reasonable pro-life bill just as they were determined to gridlock a pro-life justice like Neil Gorsuch. Mr. McConnell’s correct actions to force an up or down vote on Neil Gorsuch have demonstrated that the principled debate on this asinine 60-vote rule (that Democrats will change when they regain control) is now over. In the name of humanity and all that America stands for, Mr. McConnell must now also ensure a prompt fair up or down majority vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. To do less is to allow this insidious and unthinkable carnage to continue, and to betray the very most essential hope the Party of Lincoln represents to America – and the very most helpless among us.

Read the full op-ed here.

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