U.S. House Vote On 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Set for Today

By Cheryl Sullenger

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 36, the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

If enacted, the bill would ban abortions at 20 weeks gestation and later because of the barbarity of dismembering or otherwise ending the life of a baby in the womb that can feel pain.

“We have been advocating for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act since Nebraska passed similar legislation in 2009,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This new law may not end abortion, but it will end some abortions and will save thousands of lives.”

In 2009, Nebraska late-term abortionist LeRoy Carhart was looking for a new place to conduct late-second and third trimester abortions after the Wichita, Kansas, abortion facility where he had worked closed. Carhart vowed to take his late-term abortion business to his home state of Nebraska, but the state legislature blocked his plans with the passage of the popular 20-week abortion ban later that year.

After grisly revelations surfaced during the 2013 abortion/murder trial of Pennsylvania abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was aborting late-second and third trimester babies alive only to murder them by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors, Rep. Trent Franks led the effort to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act nationally.

In 2015, Newman was arrested along with seven other pro-life leaders during a peaceful sin-in at former House Speaker John Boehner’s office in protest of Boehner’s incessant delays in bringing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to a vote.

The House is expected to pass the measure, and send it on to the Senate where its future is less certain since it will take 60 votes to pass the Senate.

Pres. Donald Trump, in keeping a campaign promise, has already announced he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

According to a Quinnipiac Poll, 60% of Americans support federal legislation limiting abortions after 20 weeks, while only 33% oppose.

“There is no reason for the vote on the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to be merely a ‘show vote’ that ends up dying in the Senate’s quicksand. The vast majority of the American people support this life-saving legislation, and Democrats should come on board in support, especially if they are up for re-election in 2018,” said Newman. “Late-term abortions are so unpopular that vote against this bill could induce political suicide next year.”

Please contact your Representative now and voice support for H.R. 36, the 20 Week Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (Please contact them right now. Debate is set to begin at Noon, Eastern time.)

Contact your U.S. Representative.

Also, please start putting pressure on your Senators now, since they will also be voting soon on H.B. 36!

Contact your Senators.