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House Democrat falsely claims babies born at 20 weeks aren't 'viable.'

11:45 AM, Jun 6, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Viability is currently a function of a baby's lung development for the most part, and there's really no good reason to think that lung development is what endows a human being with the natural right to life. But almost all Americans, including the majority of pro-choice Americans, are unwilling to sanction abortion that late in pregnancy. After all, once a baby reaches viability it is possible to terminate a pregnancy (by inducing labor) without killing the child. Gallup polls find that just 14 percent of Americans think third-trimester abortions should be generally legal. 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler counts himself among the 80 percent who say they oppose elective late-term abortions. Nadler and other Democrats--seemingly hoping to get Republicans to reprise Todd Akin's disastrous comments--attacked the 20-week ban at Tuesday's hearing for lacking a rape exception. But Nadler himself does not apparently support a rape exception for post-viability abortions. "Other than for the life or health of the mother, no one's going to defend a 7th-month abortion," Nadler told me following Tuesday's hearing. "The question is where you draw the line."

But contrary to Nadler's claim, prominent late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart says he will perform "purely elective" 7th-month abortions on healthy, viable babies at his Germantown, Maryland clinic, located 30 miles from the U.S. Capitol. Carhart is not alone. And such barbarism is why Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona has introduced the nationwide late-term abortion ban.

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