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Joni Ernst is the junior U.S. senator from Iowa, elected in November 2014.
At five months, an unborn baby can detect light, hear sounds, swallow, and even experience taste. These unborn babies have nails on their fingers and toes, and hair has just begun to grow on their heads.
Babies - Eyes - Hands - Limbs—just - Child
These babies feel pain. They scrunch their eyes, clench their hands, or pull back their limbs—just like any other child experiencing pain. They are even treated as patients during fetal surgery procedures, and giving them pain medication is standard practice.
By any definition, unborn babies at five months’ development are in all ways babies.
Medicine - Lives - Pain - Law - Humans
While modern medicine recognizes these unborn lives can experience pain, there is no federal law protecting these vulnerable humans from abortion. As a result, every year in our country, thousands of lives are painfully ended through this practice.
This is unacceptable.
Week - State - Union - Address - President
Last week, during his State of the Union address, President Donald Trump called to pass legislation—the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act—which would recognize these unborn babies as the children they are. The bill would prohibit the abortion of unborn babies at 20 weeks post-fertilization and provide them the same protection from pain and suffering that all children deserve.
Multiple states, including my home state of Iowa, have passed legislation that would prohibit abortions after five months of development, but the federal government has still refused to pass this commonsense legislation.
Stories - Micah - Newton - Iowa
Consider stories like that of Micah Pickering from Newton, Iowa.
Micah was born at just 20 weeks after fertilization—the very point at which the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would begin to protect these young lives. Today, Micah is a happy, energetic five-year old boy.
Micah - Story - Incident - Examples
Yet Micah’s story is not an isolated incident. Extraordinary examples of...
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