Five Reasons to Run on the Pain-Capable Abortion Bill in South Carolina

Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Photo credit: Quinn Dombrowski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

As Republican candidates head into South Carolina, they would do well to go on offense on life using Senator Lindsey Graham’s five-month Pain-Capable legislation — instead of hitting the other candidates in the race.

Here are five reasons why:

1.) It resonates with women voters.

Sixty percent of women in America support legislation limiting abortion — most especially late-term abortion. This includes 56 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats. Want to win women over? Talk about the 5-month bill.

2.) The U.S. is 1 of 7 countries in the world that still allows late-term abortions.

The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to still allow late-term abortion — showing that our nation is wildly out of step with the world and the West. We stand with China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Canada. The current policy in the United States is that a baby in the womb can be aborted up until the moment of birth. We are the second most populous country to allow these abortions, outranked only by China. Not a great group to be hanging out with.

3.) It’s about protecting women’s health, too.

A woman seeking an abortion at 20 weeks (5 months) is 35 times more likely to die from abortion than she is in the first trimester. At 21 weeks along or further, she is 91 times more likely to die from an abortion. Women deserve better than dangerous late-term abortion. It’s time politicians stand with them.

4.) The science of pain is on our side.

There is substantial evidence that children in the womb feel pain by 20 weeks or 5 months post-fertilization. In fact, at 20 weeks, a baby can suck its thumb, yawn, stretch, and make faces. WebMD instructs mothers to sing to their babies because their babies will recognize their voice and the songs will soothe their babies. If science backs up the legislation, why not run on it?

5.) It’s smart politics.

Taking the pro-life message on offense — especially on late-term abortion — is just plain smart politics. Not only will it make a candidate a leader on life and bring out the pro-life vote, it will unite people around a reasonable and popular pro-life message. Conservatives cannot afford to leave votes on the table. It’s time for candidates to take a stand for women and unborn children.

Mary Powers is a young professional living and working in Washington, DC.