Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) issued the following statement in support of H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that passed today in the United States House of Representatives.
"Protecting unborn life is a universal issue that has become one of the most unifying causes over the past several decades," said Aderholt. "This legislation today would prohibit late abortions of unborn children after twenty weeks, as children at this stage of development can feel pain."
"Every year over 15,000 babies who are just days or weeks away from having a good chance of surviving on their own and can feel pain are legally aborted under current law. When the Titanic sank, 1,523 people died. The number of babies that are killed at this point in their growth where they can feel pain each and every year because of late abortions is equivalent to 10 Titanic's sinking. This is not something we can ignore," continued Aderholt"
"Further, in light of the recent conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell and reports of other potentially similar gruesome late abortion providers around the country, this prohibition is more important than ever. It is also important to note that this bill prioritizes the health of mothers, providing an exception to this law in cases where a mother's life is at risk," concluded Aderholt.
Aderholt currently serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies for the powerful House Appropriations Committee, is a member of the Committee's Commerce, Justice and Science; and Homeland Security Subcommittees, and also serves on the Helsinki Commission.
For more information about Aderholt's work in Congress visit www.aderholt.house.gov.