Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the U.S. House have approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit abortion after a child reaches 20 weeks gestation -- the age at which medical evidence indicates an unborn child has the capacity to feel pain during an abortion.
"The recent Gosnell murder case in Pennsylvania shocked Americans in Missouri's Fourth Congressional District and throughout the country," said Hartzler. "It is imperative that action be taken to protect the most vulnerable among us from the pain they endure during these horrendous abortions."
"Born or still in the womb, late-term abortions are agonizingly painful, and this legislation will help prevent people like Kermit Gosnell from inflicting pain on innocent lives," added Hartzler. "It will also protect women whose maternal health is put at risk from abortion that occurs later in the pregnancy."
Having passed the House, the legislation now moves to the Senate for its consideration.
Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Armed Services, Agriculture, and Budget Committees.