The House Judiciary Committee today approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), in a vote of 20-12, that would ban abortions in the United States after 20 weeks post fertilization. Since the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, medical knowledge regarding the development of unborn babies and their capacities at various stages of growth has advanced dramatically. Extensive research conducted by Dr. Sunny Anand, an Oxford-trained neonatal pediatrician who has held appointments at Harvard Medical School and other distinguished institutions, shows that unborn children begin to feel pain by 20 weeks post fertilization, and possibly earlier. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte praised today's Committee vote:
"The taking of innocent life is a practice all too common in this nation. The recent Gosnell trial reminds us that when newborn babies are cut with scissors, they whimper and cry, and flinch from pain. And unborn babies when harmed also whimper and cry, and flinch from pain. Delivered or not, babies are babies, and it has been shown that they can feel pain at least by 20 weeks. It is time to welcome young children who can feel pain into the human family. And this bill, at last, will do just that. I am pleased the Committee has approved this important legislation and look forward to a House vote on this bill soon."