Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes U.S. House

By St. Joseph County Right to Life | October 5, 2017, 3:47pm

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act.  If signed into law, this pro-life legislation would ban abortions after 20 weeks, by which time children in the womb are certainly able to feel pain. It is scientifically understood that an unborn human fetus feels pain to a more intense degree than pain experienced by adults due to the development of neurological mechanisms in utero.


This bill still allows for certain exceptions, in which case abortion would still be allowed after 20 weeks. One such exception is if the life of the mother is at risk by continuing a pregnancy. Although we hold firmly that abortion is unacceptable in all circumstances, we are grateful for a stronger step in the pro-life direction with this new legislation. The Senate will vote next, following the recent introduction of the bill by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. President Trump has promised to sign the bill into law if it passes through the Senate.


“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will protect the voiceless, the vulnerable, and the marginalized," said Rep. Kevin McCarthy from California, the House majority leader.


The House vote passed on a 237 to 189 count.  All of Indiana’s representatives voted for the act, except Peter Visclosky and Andre Carson.  At St. Joseph County Right to Life, we are grateful that local Representative Jackie Walorski and Representative Todd Rokita supported this common sense measure to protect children!


The United States is only one of seven nations in the world that allow elective abortion of a child after 20 weeks of gestation.  China and North Korea are among the others. Children in some areas of the United States can currently be aborted up until the day they are born.


It is our hope that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will just be another step in the incremental approach to taking back the dignity of humans from fertilization to natural death by outlawing abortion altogether.