By West Virginians for Life
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.B. 2568, was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates last week by Kelli Sobonya. Co-sponsors of the bill, based on the National Right to Life model bill, include Lynne Arvon, Saira Blair, Anna Border, Jeff Eldridge, Paul Espinosa, Kayla Kessinger, Ricky Moye, Ruth Rowan, Amy Summers, and Terry Waxman.
Following a public hearing, the bill was sent to the House Health Committee. Specialists taking positions on both sides of the bill were available to answer the questions of committee members.
We are very proud of the strong and effective defense made by the experts speaking on behalf of the bill. Jennifer Popik, JD, legislative counsel for National Right to Life’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics, spoke with authority on the large amount of scientific evidence that exists to support our assertion that the unborn baby can feels pain by no later than 20 weeks.
Dr. Michael Rollins, Obstetrics and Gynecology, addressed the questions relating to the research and his experiences as a private practitioner, who has delivered over 1,000 babies over his 30-year career.
All pro-lifers owe them both a debt of gratitude for their excellent effort to protect innocent human life.
After voting on a number of amendments that were introduced in the committee, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed on a vote of 20-5 and was then sent it on to the House Judiciary Committee.
On February 9, HB 2568 passed out of the House Judiciary by a vote of 18-7 (with one member not voting). Tuesday was the “second reading” stage at which amendments could be offered.
The vote for passage is expected to take place on Wednesday, February 11, the day of West Virginians for Life’s annual Rally and Pro-Life Day at the Legislature. It will then be sent to the state Senate for consideration.