Calls on Senate to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Editor’s note. One year ago today the House passed H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, intended to protect women and babies from dangerous late-term abortions on a vote of 228 to 196. The measure has languished in the Senate under the leadership of pro-abortion Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.)
Today called on the Senate to take up and pass H.R. 1797.
“I have always believed America is better than abortion. We have a moral obligation to end dangerous late-term abortions in order to protect women and these precious babies from criminals like Kermit Gosnell,” Blackburn said. “The struggle to end dangerous late-term abortions is not over simply because the House passed H.R. 1797. It will take the continuing effort of putting pressure on the Senate to not abdicate their responsibility to human life.
“The House of Representatives has spoken, as have the American people – this legislation should not languish in the Senate for another day. It is time the blight of late-term abortion was taken seriously by Senate Majority Leader Reid and time we learn where Senate Democrats stand in the fight to protect viable life. By refusing to allow H.R. 1797 to come to a vote, Senator Reid is tacitly endorsing the abhorrent crimes of Kermit Gosnell and others who prey on the most vulnerable people in our society.”
Blackburn was a leader of the bipartisan effort on June 18, 2013, when the House approved H.R. 1797 to provide nationwide protection for unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, beginning at 20 weeks fetal age (equivalent to “22 weeks of pregnancy,” the beginning of the sixth month).