Congressman Westmoreland has signed on as an original cosponsor of H.R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation would ban late-term abortions, or abortions after 20 weeks. Currently, nine states ban abortions after 20 weeks. Three additional states, including Georgia, have passed laws to ban late-term abortions but those laws are currently not in effect because of legal challenges.
"Modern science has increased our understanding of unborn children and their development, and studies now show that unborn children can feel pain in the womb at 20 weeks," stated Westmoreland. "What does it say about our society that we would allow a doctor to murder an innocent child so that they suffer in the last few moments of their lives? It's absolutely disgusting and amoral and I strongly urge the Republican leaders in the House to bring this bill up for a vote immediately."
Congressman Westmoreland has long been opposed to abortion, except in the case of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. With the graphic and disturbing revelations coming out of the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, opponents of late-term abortions have been revitalized to continue their fight.
"Following the disgusting revelations in the Kermit Gosnell murder trial, the truth about late-term abortions has shocked many Americans to their core," stated Westmoreland. "Most disturbing, if Gosnell had murdered these children while they were still in the womb, it would have been considered a legal abortion in many states. That's because only nine states currently ban late-term abortions. Congress must weigh in on this important issue and outlaw these horrible practices."
The legislation has bipartisan support and more than 100 cosponsors. It has been referred to the House Committees on Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform. So far, no hearings or markups have been scheduled. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate (S. 886) by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), however it is not likely the Democrat-controlled Senate will allow the bill to come to the floor for a vote.