Type “Lobsters + Pain” into a search engine and you will find all sorts of articles outlining efforts to eliminate the boiling of live lobsters. Last month the Washington Post ran an article entitled “Another country has banned boiling live lobsters. Some scientists wonder why.” The article describes the moral and ethical debate surrounding the possibility that a lobster might be capable of feeling pain.
One animal rights activist quoted in the article went so far as to say, “Whether we know or don’t know, it’s our ethical responsibility to give them the benefit of the doubt and not put them into boiling water.”
Just yesterday, Newsweek posted an article entitled, “Ban On Boiling Lobsters Alive Spreads to More Countries Along With Awareness That Crustaceans Feel Pain.” In the article, an argument is made that, “all the evidence out there at the moment points to the notion that they’re capable of experiencing pain.”
It’s shocking to compare that level of compassion for lobsters on one hand, to the Democrat Party’s heartless bloodlust concerning abortion on the other.
As Ted recently pointed out in an op-ed
Earlier this week, Senate Democrats cast a tragic vote. Before them was a piece of reasonable legislation, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It sought to do one thing: to prevent late-term abortions that result in pain and suffering for the unborn child.
Medical research and science has shown that children in the womb develop remarkably fast. By the time the five-month mark passes, the unborn child’s fingers, toes, eyelids, eyebrows, nails, and even eyelashes have all formed. The child can suck its thumb and yawn. It has a heartbeat. And it can very much feel pain.
If only Congressional Democrats could compose a level of compassion similar to the concern animal rights activists have for lobsters, and echo the sentiment that “whether we know or don’t know, it’s our ethical responsibility to give them [the unborn] the benefit of the doubt.”
When concluding his op-ed
this week, Ted made clear his commitment to the pro-life cause:
As I continue to serve in the Senate, I remain committed to supporting pro-life legislation in efforts to protect the health and well-being of all women, and to save as many unborn children as we possibly can. I hope and pray that one day, all unborn children will be awarded the most basic of all human rights – the right to life.
It is my hope that we will soon see the day when our society once again recognizes the intrinsic value of every life, and demands we protect the most innocent among us.
Ted Cruz for Senate