Today, Congressman Westmoreland joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in passing H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The legislation would ban late-term abortions, or abortions after 20 weeks, throughout the country. Currently, nine states ban abortions after 20 weeks. Congressman Westmoreland is an original cosponsor of this bill.
"As a Christian man, a father, and a grandfather, I strongly believe that life starts at conception and believe it is our responsibility to protect the sanctity of human life. That is why I oppose abortion and support this legislation.
"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. 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 that is why it is so important that we pass this legislation -- to protect the lives of the innocent.
"I am thankful the House has voted to expand a late-term abortion ban into a national policy. Through H.R. 1797, we can dramatically reduce the number of abortions in America, giving more unborn, innocent children a chance at life," stated Westmoreland.