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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MARCHANT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 3803, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, authored by my colleague, Congressman TRENT FRANKS. I am an original cosponsor of this bill that would prohibit abortions in Washington, DC, after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother's life is at risk. I am proud that a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives has joined me and cosponsored this bill.

Ample scientific evidence shows that at 20 weeks, fetuses can feel pain. Think about that for a moment. They feel it.

This is especially upsetting because most late-term abortions involve procedures that are particularly heinous. Yet the Washington, DC, government allows abortions at any time for any reason, up until the moment of birth. This is unconscionable. The vast majority of Americans do not support a policy of ``abortion on demand'' after the point at which fetuses can feel pain. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting H.R. 3803, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.


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