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Capital Hill Watch Alert

House To Vote On Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 36; To view visit: Text of Legislation .) on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.   After a GOP intra-party dispute in which a small core of centrist lawmakers argued that the bill would force rape victims to report their crimes as well as several of these lawmakers warning that the vote could turn women away from the GOP, the bill was shelved in January.  Model legislation developed by the National Right to Life in 2010 is the foundation of the bill.  Thus far this legislation is enacted in 11 states that bans abortions after 20 weeks.  The states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, Texas, and West Virginia.

As early as 8-10 weeks the unborn child is capable of reacting to pain, and in America this is when most abortions take place. 

To establish a Constitutional reason for Congress to ban abortions late in pregnancy, the measure relies on the science of fetal pain.  Fully established is the science behind the concept of fetal pain.

As early as 8 weeks functioning neurological structures necessary for pain sensation are in place but certainly by 13½ weeks of gestation.  From 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain.  And possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children is the pain perceived by a fetus. 

Additional Reading : 

House to consider Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next week

What Can You Do?    

Urge your representative to SUPPORT   the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2015. 

Contact Information:     

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