Following the passage of H.R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn children beginning at 6 months -- when research indicates they are able to feel pain -- Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-08), the bill's author, released the following statement:
"Passage of today's landmark bill marks the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children. It is my prayer that today also marks a day when America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them."
The bill was passed by a vote of 228-196.