Students for Life of America today delivered petitions from students across the nation to the U.S. Senate Majority and Minority Leaders advocating banning abortions after 20 weeks through the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, which was passed one month ago today in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Millennials are not apathetic about abortion, much less abortions committed on preborn babies that feel pain at 20 weeks and beyond,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “The Senate needs to listen to these students, to women, to all Americans, the vast majority of who oppose abortions that late in pregnancy.”
This past spring semester, Students for Life of America took their newest educational tour, the Fetal Pain Display, to 25 campuses from Hawaii to Massachusetts, and reached thousands of students.
The tour was incredibly successful. Students for Life groups were able to easily discuss the biology and science of fetal pain and use diagrams that are present in medical textbooks. They were able to recruit other students to join their clubs and they even witnessed students changing their mind on late-term abortion. Over 1,300 students signed a petition in person demanding that abortions are banned after 20 weeks gestation.
“For college students in the midst of exams, club meetings, work, and other obligations, taking the time to check out the display and sign their name was a testament to the recognition of the exceptional horror of abortion, especially this late in pregnancy,” said Hawkins.
“U.S Senators should be forced to vote whether or not they will protect babies after 20 weeks gestation,” concluded Hawkins. “Public officials should not hesitate to protect the most vulnerable among us and if they do, they should be held accountable.”
The U.S. House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on a bill to protect babies from abortion after 20 weeks on January 22nd of this year, the day of the March for Life, but at the last minute it was pulled because of protests from Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN). They ended up passing the bill four months later on May 18, 2015 in the House of Representatives.
Fifty-two percent of Millennials are in favor of banning abortions after 20 weeks gestation, according to National Journal. Sixty-four percent of Americans think abortion should be illegal in the second trimester and that number jumps to 80% for third trimester abortions, according to Gallup.
According to the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, 42 states have banned abortions after a certain number of weeks of gestation and with varying exceptions. Some states have taken up bans on abortions after 20 weeks this year already including South Carolina and West Virginia.