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District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mrs. SCHMIDT. Mr. Speaker, first in response to the good gentleman from the other side, article I, section 8, clause 17, called the District Clause, gives us authority for this bill.

But I really want to point out why this bill is so important. One of the things that upsets a great deal of Americans--in fact, over 60 percent of all Americans, 70 percent of women--is when a baby experiences pain. And when you ask Americans about abortions and a baby feeling pain with an abortion, well over 60 percent say they do not want that abortion.

The kind of abortions that are occurring are occurring up until the point of where a child can actually come out normally, after 9 months' gestation. And it's called a D&E, or a dilation and extraction. It is a painful procedure that requires dismemberment of the unborn child and the crushing of its head.

We know that as early as 20 weeks--maybe even as early as 8 weeks--an unborn child feels pain. We know it is at 20 weeks. Now, there is a question of 8 weeks. And yet at 9 months, this very normal child inside of a body is feeling pain. This is why we are going to ask Congress to stop this horrific act.


Mrs. SCHMIDT. You know, I have heard a lot of debate back and forth, but my friends, this is not about ending abortion. Oh, how I wish it was.

This is about ending late-term abortions in the District of Columbia because of the cruel way that those babies are terminated. The dismemberment, the pain that is caused by those little innocent babies, is contrary to what the Founders of our Constitution wanted for our Nation. That's what this act is about.

We have the right and the authority, because of the Constitution, to do this, to end this very barbaric procedure, and that's why we need to pass this legislation.


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