US House passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Bans most abortions after 20 weeks; President Trump will sign bill if it passes the Senate

Unborn baby at 20 weeks. Credit: Steve via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

The U.S. House voted 237 to 189 today to ban most abortions after 20 weeks, when the pre-born baby can feel pain.

The United States is one of seven countries with no federal limits on late-term abortion. Abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy for any reason is legal in many parts of the country.

The bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was sponsored by strongly pro-life Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ.

Two Republicans voted against the bill. Three Democrats voted for it.

Similar legislation passed the U.S. House in 2013 and 2015. It’s never passed the U.S. Senate.

The bill contains rape and incest exceptions. For an abortion to take place, the abortionist must file a medical report with a state or federal agency saying an act of rape or incest conceived the child.

At 20 weeks – halfway through pregnancy – an unborn baby is the size of a small cantaloupe. Mothers can feel their babies kicking. When they are operated on in the womb at this age, it’s standard medical practice to give the babies anesthesia.

However, it’s still legal to dismember them in violent, painful abortions.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the President of the Susan B. Anthony List, said she spoke with Trump last week and that he considers signing this legislation “high priority.” One of Trump’s campaign promises was to sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.

Full story at LifeSiteNews.

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  1. I wonder how many Catholic House Democrats besides Nancy Pelosi who voted against this?

    When will Pelosi’s bishop (Archbishop Cordeleone of San Francisco) speak out? Never!

  2. If you’re a “Catholic” Democrat, I guess it’s OK to vote pro-abortion baby killing ???

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