Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Congressional Hearings Under Way

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Because of the national coverage of the Kermit Gosnell murder case, and subsequent additional cases coming to light of abortion deaths and horrific conditions in abortion clinics around the country, Frank Trent, a pro-life Republican member of Congress is pushing legislation that would ban abortions on babies after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.

Congressman Trent Franks will advance legislation to provide protection nationwide for unborn children who have the capacity to experience pain in the womb. Evidence has shown that capacity exists by 20 weeks fetal age. (Ref. National Right To Life)

Franks is the prime sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Although the current version of the bill, would apply only to the District of Columbia, the congressman intends to revise the bill (H.R. 1797) in committee to cover the entire nation.

As Chair of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice, Franks has begun hearings on the subject. On Thursday May 23rd, Dr. Anthony Levatino, an OB/GYN who himself performed over 1,200 abortions before becoming pro-life, testified before the committee on the subject of abortions in the second trimester. (Ref. article)

In Dr. Levatino’s testimony he verifies from his own experience that the baby at 20 weeks and beyond experiences pain, as he describes in detail abortion procedures at this time of pregnancy. (See videos)

Franks told, “To this end, I have re-introduced the D.C. Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, which will now be amended to broaden its coverage so that its provisions will apply nationwide,” he said. “Knowingly subjecting our innocent unborn children to dismemberment in the womb, particularly when they have developed to the point that they can feel excruciating pain every terrible moment leading up to their undeserved deaths, belies everything America was called to be. This is not who we are.”