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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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Location: Washington, DC

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Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3803, the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

I fear for the conscience of our Nation because the termination of unborn children, for any reason, is tolerated in some parts of our country throughout pregnancy--even though scientific conclusions show infants feel pain by at least 20 weeks gestation.

That literally means a baby at the halfway point of a pregnancy will experience pain during the violence of a dismemberment abortion, the most common second-trimester abortion, wherein a steel tool severs limbs from the infant and its skull is crushed.

Mr. Speaker, such procedures are horrific, and in terms of pain, like torture to their infant subjects. As a country, we should leave this practice behind. That is why I'm a cosponsor of this legislation to prohibit elective abortions in D.C. past 20 weeks.

I urge my colleagues to stand with me for the most vulnerable among us and vote in favor of H.R. 3803.

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