By Holly Gatling, executive director, South Carolina Citizens for Life
The vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H 4223) was delayed in the South Carolina House Wednesday, but the bill was moved to the top of the contested calendar.
That action averted a filibuster and still leaves enough time for the House to pass the bill and move it to the Senate. A House vote on H 4223 may come as soon as March 18.
Ideally, there would have been a vote Wednesday on what is called “second reading” and on third reading Thursday. But in politics there is seldom, if ever, an ideal situation.
Be assured your prayers were heard. The bill is intact with nearly 50 co-sponsors and is well positioned to be voted on and passed out of the House.
Public sentiment strongly favors protecting unborn children capable of feeling pain. Substantial research shows the unborn child can feel pain by at least the 20th week of life after fertilization.
The fetal pain bill (H4223) creates a compelling state interest in protecting the unborn child from death by excruciating abortion at the time he or she is capable of feeling pain.
Contact your House member with this message: Vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act with NO AMENDMENTS. Contact information can be found here: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/member.php?chamber=H