Chris Christie Endorses 20-Week Abortion Ban

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

As Marjorie reported yesterday, Chris Christie is the latest GOP presidential contender to endorse the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks (or almost the fifth month) of pregnancy.

Gov. Christie released this statement:

I am proud to be a pro-life Republican. I believe that every life is an individual gift from God, and that no life is disposable. When I was preparing to run for Governor of New Jersey there were those who told me there was no way I would be elected as a pro-life candidate.  I told them that they were wrong, that the voters would accept the sincerity of my beliefs even if they felt differently. Today, I am a living example that being pro-life is not a political liability anywhere in America.

I also know that there are areas where all Americans – regardless of being pro-life or pro-choice – can come together. One proposal that brings Americans together is the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would protect unborn children beginning at 20 weeks, or five months of pregnancy, based on their ability to feel pain. America is one of just seven countries that permits elective abortions past this point. We can do far better than this. I urge Congress to take swift action on this important issue.

Paul Dupont is a legislative assistant for American Principles in Action.