Thursday, June 13, 2013

U.S. House Judiciary Committee passes approves Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Yesterday, by a vote of 20-12, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  The full U.S. House will likely vote on the legislation next week.  The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would provide protection to unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, starting at 20 weeks of fetal age.

H.R. 1797 is sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (R-Az). At today’s committee session, weakening amendments were rejected on straight party-line votes. On the vote to favorably report the bill to the full House, the Republicans on the committee were joined by one Democrat, Pedro Pierluisi, who represents Puerto Rico.

”Because of publicity surrounding the trial of Kermit Gosnell and subsequent revelations about other abortionists, many Americans are becoming aware for the first time that abortions are frequently performed late in pregnancy on babies who are capable of being born alive, and on babies who will experience great pain while being killed,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “This is the most significant single piece of pro-life legislation to come before the House since the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.”