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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. CANTOR. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the DC Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It is simply unfathomable that, other than by the methods banned by federal law, the District of Columbia allows abortion for any reason, by any method up until the moment right before birth. While people may differ on the issue of abortion, Americans overwhelmingly support the notion that abortions should be restricted at the point at which an unborn child can feel pain. And with good reason, the ability to experience pain is one of the traits that makes us human. And the commitment to protect the defenseless from physical acts of violence is one of the hallmarks of humanity.

Science demonstrates that by at least 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child can feel pain. In response to this scientific evidence, to date nine states have enacted laws to restrict late-term abortions. Just this week, a judge upheld an Arizona law that does the same thing we're attempting here today, citing the brutal methods used to abort a baby late in a pregnancy and the scientific fact that unborn children have developed pain sensors all over their bodies by at least 20 weeks. It is time to add the District of Columbia to the list of jurisdictions that put an end to the practice of late-term abortions.


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