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House Passes Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Spencer Bachus (AL-6) today joined a majority of House Members of the U.S. House in voting for legislation to defend the lives of unborn children.

The House, with Congressman Bachus' support, passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 228-196. The pro-life bill provides legal protections from abortion for unborn children capable of feeling pain, beginning at a fetal age of 20 weeks.

"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," said Congressman Bachus, a cosponsor of the bill

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 legislation was earlier approved by the Judiciary Committee, where Congressman Bachus serves as a senior member.

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