January 26, 2017
"to elevate the condition of
men--to lift artificial weights from all shoulders, to clear the
paths of laudable pursuit for all, to afford all an unfettered
start and a fair chance, in the race of life." --Abraham Lincoln
Chairman's Note: The Pain-Capable
Unborn Child Protection Act
At twenty weeks past conception a
baby can sleep and wake in the womb. She can suck her thumb, make
faces, and see light filtering in through the womb.
And by 20 weeks, if not before,
science suggests that baby can also feel pain.
Only seven countries in the
entire world allow elective abortions at this late stage. And the
United States is one of them.
Each year in this country, more
than ten thousand abortions occur after the twenty-week mark.
We can stop this and we must.
That is why this coming Monday's
vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is so
The abortion lobby is attacking
this bill by denying there is any evidence that unborn babies can
feel pain at twenty weeks.
That's what the abortion lobby
says. But what does the science say?
According to a 2006 study from
the International Association for the Study of Pain, "The
available scientific evidence makes it possible, even probable,
that fetal pain perception occurs well before late gestation."
The study goes on to say that
pain perception develops in the "second trimester," "well before
the third trimester."
A 2012 study by the American
Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists concludes, "the basis
for pain perception appear[s] at about 20 to 22 weeks from
And another 2012 study that was
published in the journal Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy found that
". . . from the second trimester onwards, the fetus reacts to
painful stimuli . . . [T]hese painful interventions may cause
The authors of this study
recommend that unborn children be given painkillers during
"potentially painful procedures" such as surgeries-or, I would
add, such as abortions.
There are many more studies like
these but the consensus is clear: The science at a minimum
suggests that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks . . . Can
feel the abortionists' knife and suction tube as it rips them
apart in the womb.
That possibility alone should
have us rushing to ban abortion at 20 weeks.
A vote for that bill is a vote to
protect some of the most vulnerable members of the human family.
Together, we can move our
country's laws away from North Korea and China, and towards our
most fundamental belief: That all human beings are created equal
and have an unalienable right to life.
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A few weeks ago, parents across
the country bundled their kids up and sent them back to school
after the holiday break. For some this meant loading them onto a
bus that would drop their child off at a nearby private school,
walking their child down the street to the local public school,
driving them a town over to a charter school, or herding them
down into the basement to resume home schooling.
While each of these parents had
chosen different ways to educate their children, what they all
have in common is the desire for their child to succeed and
receive the kind of education that will serve as a cornerstone
for success in their lives.
But all too often, parents who
have the most skin in our country's education system get stifled
in the federal red tape that surrounds their child's education.
Millions of low-income families find themselves trapped in
underperforming schools and are helpless to change their
circumstances. Parents are torn at what stage to start investing
in their child's education, because they can't afford to save for
private school tuition and college while still giving them school
supplies. Many parents feel like their attempts to give their
child a better life come up fruitless.
We can do better. But in order to
do so, we have to acknowledge some truths about our education
First, increased education
funding is not a silver bullet. Since 1970, the federal
government has nearly tripled the amount of money it spends on
elementary and secondary education, with little improvement to
show for it.
Second, Not all schools will be a
good fit for all students and parents are most often the best
suited to make these decisions.
And third, the federal
regulations currently in place inhibit parents from choosing and
investing in their children's education.
This is why I introduced the
Enhancing Educational Opportunities for all Students Act this
week. This bill would allow parents back in to their child's
education by giving them flexibility in how to finance it. This
flexibility means schools that parents could otherwise not afford
could now be an option.
This bill would allow parents to
use federal education Title I dollars as they saw fit. That could
mean the public school in the child's neighborhood, another
public school across town, or even a private school of the
The bill also removes the tax
burden that comes when parents invest more than $2,000 a year in
a child's Education Savings account. That means parents can save
and build more resources that can then be spent on tuition,
books, other school supplies, or even college.
By empowering parents and giving
them this flexibility, we are taking an important step to improve
the future of this country. As Thomas Jefferson said, "Above all
things, I hope the education of the common people will be
attended to, [as] on their good sense we may rely with the most
security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty." We can
secure that liberty for tomorrow by giving it to parents today.
361A Russell Senate
Salt Lake City
Wallace F. Bennett
125 South State,
Salt Lake City, UT
Office of Senator
Michael S. Lee
285 West Tabernacle,
St. George, UT 84770
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