On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) by a party line vote of 6-4. The bill will next be considered by the full Judiciary Committee.
H.R. 1797 as originally introduced would have only applied to the District of Columbia, but the bill’s author and Subcommittee Chairman Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) offered a Managers Amendment, to expand the bill to apply nationwide. With this change, the Act will be a national prohibition on aborting pain capable unborn children after twenty weeks gestation (post-fertilization age). This change is particularly timely in light of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and news reports of similar gruesome late-term abortion practices throughout the country.
Action Item: Majority Leader Cantor has posted the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) on his “Citizen Cosponsor” website. This website allows the public to virtually “cosponsor” bills to show their support for the legislation. Please take a moment to “cosponsor” H.R. 1797 and share the opportunity with your social media networks.