Pain Capable Act passes House

To secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity, our country needs a culture of life.

On Tuesday evening, Congress passed H.R. 36, a bill that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It includes exceptions for incest, rape, and life of the mother.

It passed by a vote of 237-189, mostly along party lines.

The White House released a statement saying:

“H.R. 36 would generally make it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited exceptions. The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires.”

Currently, The United States is one of only seven nations in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The President’s advisors have stated that if H.R. 36 were presented to him in its current form, they would recommend he sign it into law.

This past September, five-year-old Micah Pickering came to Capitol Hill to put a face to the proposed act. Micah was born prematurely at 20 weeks, and received intensive care. He is now happy and healthy, proving children as young as 20 weeks can live and thrive despite their early birth.

Monica Burke, a Research Assistant at the Center for Religion and Civil Society, said of the bill:

“Anyone who claims to be pro-science ought to pay heed to the Pain Capable Act. The bill highlights what science tells us about life in utero and affirms the unborn as unique and distinct human beings, capable of suffering.”

The next step is for the bill to pass in the Senate. This may be challenging, since the Republican margin as the majority is only 52-48.

How would you like to see a culture of life promoted in today’s society?

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