Ohio’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act officially took effect on Tuesday, placing Ohio among a growing list of states that ban the barbaric practice of late-term abortion.
Scientific evidence confirms that unborn babies feel excruciating pain during abortions at 20 weeks (though there is evidence it begins even sooner). At this point, babies are so advanced in development that the only ways to extract them from the womb are dismemberment, saline poisoning, or other brutal methods.
Ohio’s law effectively puts an end to late-term abortions in the state. They are the 23rd state to pass such a law, though courts in three of those states have blocked the laws. They also join most of the civilized world in banning late term abortions. Only seven countries — including China, North Korea, and the U.S. — allow the practice.
But what’s most telling is that the law has gone unchallenged in court by abortion supporters. This shows that they know late-term abortion is a losing issue, both politically and legally. Numerous polls have shown a strong majority of upwards of 60 percent of Americans approve prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, and women approve in higher numbers than men. The abortion lobby does not want to go to federal court for fear it would result in the Supreme Court siding with pro-lifers and setting a new federal standard.
The far-left abortion lobby is losing, and they know it.
Congratulations to Ohio, and here’s to hoping more states follow their lead.
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