Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) today voted for legislation to protect the lives of unborn children from late-term abortions.
In a markup session today, Bachus joined a majority of members of the House Judiciary Committee in approving the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would provide legal protections for unborn children capable of feeling pain, beginning at a fetal age of 20 weeks. Congressman Bachus is a cosponsor of the legislation.
Congressman Bachus said, "There is no higher duty than to protect the lives of the innocent and defenseless. Unborn children are members of our human family and should never be subjected to the appalling pain and cruelty that was exposed most recently during the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. It is imperative that we have a culture which respects and nurtures life and this legislation is in keeping with that moral principle."
The civil and criminal penalties in the legislation would apply to the physician performing the illegal late-term abortion. The bill is based on laws that have already been enacted in nine states.
The full House is expected to vote on the measure next week.