U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita today released the following statement after passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act, H.R. 1797, a bill he cosponsored, which protects unborn children after 20 weeks of pregnancy from abortion. The bill passed the House 228-196.
"Today I reaffirm my commitment to protect the helpless, voiceless, and innocent -- the unborn, as well as the young women whose lives are endangered through late-term abortions each year. All Hoosiers were stunned by the events surrounding the Dr. Gosnell case, which is why I sponsored and helped pass this legislation. We must not only prevent the next "Gosnell" but must boldly state in law that all life is precious and must be protected if we are to combat the abortion regime that is complicit in the deaths of millions of unborn and newborn babies," said Rokita.
In April, Rokita spoke on the House floor in protest of the lack of mainstream media coverage of the Dr. Gosnell trial in Philadelphia. In his remarks, Rokita cited the many illegal late-term abortions performed by the clinic, as well as the many post-birth murders described in testimony during the trial (those remarks can be viewed or read by clicking here). Rokita also released this statement following the conviction of Dr. Gosnell vowing to continue the fight to protect the unborn.