The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks based on the false premise that nonviable fetuses are capable of feeling pain. The Pain-Capable Infant Protection Act won't make it through the Democratic-led Senate, but its existence is still a massive anti-abortion victory because it's trapped us in a nationwide debate that legitimizes the concept of "fetal pain" instead of flat-out dismissing it. Living, breathing women go through hell when they can't get a legal abortion. That's pain.
Thanks to dubious PR from Rep. Trent "Rare Rape" Franks and Rep. Michael "Masturbating Fetuses" Burgess, you've probably aware that the House passed the Pain-Capable Infant Protection Act on Tuesday by 228 to 196, a nearly party-line vote. Conservative politicians and pundits kept referencing Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the horror movie-worthy Philadelphia abortion provider who was charged with first-degree murder last month, as evidence that "pain-capable infants" (really nonviable fetuses) need protection, but the batshit pseudo-scientific basis behind the bill is nothing new.