Rep. King: 20-Week-Old Unborn Child Is 'Without Question a Human Being'

By Lauretta Brown | January 21, 2015 | 12:34pm EST

( -- Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy is “without question a human being.”

King spoke to following President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech and the president’s announcement earlier in the day that he would veto the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

At the Capitol, asked Representative King, “Is an unborn child 20 weeks into pregnancy a human being?”

He said, “Yes, without question. In fact, a child from the moment, the instant of conception until natural death are human beings, all of them, and I believe that profoundly.”

“Anyone who’s picked up a baby and has been there to either be the mother of the miracle or witness the miracle has to know that,” he said.

King went on to relate his feelings at the birth of his oldest son, saying, “When I picked him up and held him for the first time and I looked at him, I marveled at the miracle that he is and I thought, could anybody take this child’s life now that he is 5-minutes old or a minute old or a minute before he was born or a day or a week or a month? It’s no to all of those. So you have to work then back through the pregnancy and through the development of the child.”

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“When does life begin?” he said.  “First, human life is sacred in all of its forms and it has to begin, we have to choose an instant, a moment, there’s only one -- and that’s conception.”

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) on January 6 and the House of Representatives is likely to bring it up for a vote on Thursday, January 22, coinciding with the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The bill argues that unborn children are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks, pointing out that “8 weeks after fertilization, the unborn child reacts to touch. After 20 weeks, the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult human, for example, by recoiling.” It also points out that fetal anesthesia is administered during surgery on unborn children 20 weeks and even earlier in some cases.

The term “unborn child” in the bill is defined as “an individual organism of the species homo sapiens, beginning at fertilization, until the point of being born alive.”

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