As Kentucky’s senior senator, I am grateful to represent a state where so many people value and cherish the dignity of life in all its stages.
As I travel across the Bluegrass State, I hear from Kentuckians about the many ways that President Obama and his liberal allies pursue policies that are contrary to the best interests of Kentucky. One area where there is a clear disconnect between the president and his supporters on the one hand and Kentuckians on the other involves the sanctity of life.
Abortion is of course an issue that elicits real passion on both sides. But to me, and I believe to most Kentuckians, if an unborn child has reached the stage of development where he or she can feel pain, that life should be protected. We should all be able to agree that we should at least protect unborn children at the point at which they can feel pain.
For that reason, I’m a proud co-sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill would allow America to join the ranks of most other civilized nations in the world by protecting unborn children after 20 weeks, or five months, in the womb, the medical threshold whereby a child can feel pain. This bill has already passed the House of Representatives.
Thanks to remarkable advances in medical imaging and pre-natal surgery, among other things, an increasing number of Americans across the country have been waking up to the humanity of the unborn. It has been a joy to watch respect for the sanctity of life grow and spread across our nation—something truly good and positive is happening. Unfortunately, President Obama and his liberal allies oppose enacting even modest protections for innocent life.
Well, I couldn’t think they are more wrong. As the father of three daughters, I believe innocent life should be protected. And I am proud of my career-long, 100 percent pro-life voting record in the United States Senate.
In addition to co-sponsoring the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, I oppose forcing taxpayers to fund abortions. When the practice of partial-birth abortion was debated in 2003 by the Senate, I voted to ban the practice. I have cosponsored bills in this current 113th Congress to prevent the circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions by prohibiting taking minors across state lines for the purposes of obtaining an abortion.
It is a privilege to represent Kentucky in the Senate, and in my leadership role I will continue to defend innocent life. I certainly appreciate the convictions of so many of my fellow Kentuckians who feel the same. Every life has worth. Our laws should reflect that.