How proud I am to live in the 4th congressional district and to be represented by Congressman Christopher H. Smith (R-NJ), who co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the house on May 13th (242-184).  This bill requires that doctors performing abortions in the second/third trimester of pregnancy determine the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child before attempting an abortion.  If the child is 20 weeks + post fertilization, the doctor is prohibited from performing the abortion.  The purpose of this law is not to abrogate anyone’s right to an abortion; it is to protect 20+ week old unborn children from the agony caused by pain-filled abortions.  Experts in neonatology testified before congress that these babies suffer horrendous pain in these late term abortions.  Then why inflict pain on the unborn?  This bill would spare the agony that accompanies late term abortions like the case of Kermit Gosnell, who not only performed late term abortions in his “house of horror” in Philadelphia but was convicted of first degree murder in cases where babies were born alive.  Do we really want this “right.”  This needs to stop, and I applaud Congressman Smith for trying to put an end to this madness.

John S. MacGowan, Belmar