Collins Helps Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act


For the third time in five years, the Republican-led House has passed legislation that would prohibit most late-term abortions when the fetus can feel pain.

The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration, and President Trump has said that he will sign the bill into law if given the opportunity.

But the White House applauded House lawmakers for acting on abortion.

Three Democrats voted yes: Henry Cuellar of Texas, Dan Lipinski of IL, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.

"Stories of children being born earlier in pregnancy, as early as 20 weeks post-fertilization, are becoming more common", he wrote. "I can not believe that we are here on the floor of the House, the people's House, continuing to plead and ask for life". "It is now clear that the overwhelming majority of House Democrats believe that painfully dismembering babies, in the sixth month and later, is just fine - now let them try to explain that to their constituents". This bill was introduced by Rep. Trent Franks and provides exceptions for the mother's life or health and for victims of rape and incest. "This bill, which the President has promised to sign, would get us out of that disgraceful club and bring our laws into line with basic human decency", SBA List said in its press release.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY said that he is supporting the bill and hopes the House and Senate will pass it.

The House is expected to vote on HR 36 at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

"This new law may not end abortion, but it will end some abortions and will save thousands of lives", Newman said.

Pro-choice or pro-life, which one are you? It would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development.

"Anti-abortion leaders in Congress didn't miss a beat in their crusade to compromise women's health and safety. The horrific pain for these unborn children being ripped apart limb by limb must be stopped".

Medical groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Physicians for Reproductive Health oppose the bill. Henry Cuellar of Texas, Dan Lipinski of IL and Collin Peterson of Minnesota. In 2013, six Republicans voted against it and six Democrats voted for it. Yet only two - that's right, two - House Republicans voted against it (Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania; Dent is not running for reelection).

Senator Lindsey Graham indicated October 3 he would introduce a bill in the Senate modeled on the House measure.

They added: "20-week bans are unconstitutional". These include Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Arkansas, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated Idaho's law in 2015. Organizations like Planned Parenthood are outraged by this bill.

"This sort of late-term abortion, at the point when the child can actually feel the procedure, will continue to happen without a federal prohibition". The House approved the funding ban in the previous congressional session, but the Senate failed to act on it.

Four years ago, Dr. Maureen Condic, associate professor of neurobiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine, also testified before Congress that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain somewhere between eight and 10 weeks into the pregnancy.