A prominent national pro-life organization is urging Alaskans to contact U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, urging her to support the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Introduced in June by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) the measure would ban most abortions after 20-weeks. The bill passed the House in May with a bipartisan margin of 242-184.
In a Sept. 8 email from Susan B. Anthony List vice president for government affairs Marilyn Musgrave, Alaskans were asked to contact Murkowski as part of a “comprehensive campaign to encourage swing senators to vote YES on the common sense, compassionate Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
The campaign includes a web ad buy and a deluge of phone calls to the offices of Murkowski and three other senators.
“This legislation is favored by the majority of Americans, with women supporting it even more strongly than men,” Musgrave stated. “In Alaska, the legislation is supported by 58 percent of voters, including 59 percent of women voters.”
In introducing the bill earlier this summer Sen. Graham noted that the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade acknowledged that there is “a compelling state interest in protecting the unborn child at the point of medical viability.”
“The standard of medical practice today in America is that if you operate on an unborn child at 20 weeks…you have to provide anesthesia to the baby,” Graham said according to a report from LifeSiteNews. “If a doctor is required to provide anesthesia to a child to help save his life because they feel pain in the process of being operated on, is it okay for society to say, ‘Well, at that stage in the pregnancy, we don’t want the operation to be an abortion’? I believe most Americans will say yes.”