The House of Representatives today approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797), in a bipartisan vote of 228-196, which would ban abortions, with limited exceptions, in the United States after 20 weeks post fertilization. Since the Supreme Court's controversial decision in Roe v. Wade in 1973, medical knowledge regarding the development of unborn babies and their capacities at various stages of growth has advanced dramatically. Extensive research conducted by Dr. Sunny Anand, an Oxford-trained neonatal pediatrician who has held appointments at Harvard Medical School and other distinguished institutions, shows that unborn children begin to feel pain by 20 weeks post fertilization, and possibly earlier.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, praised today's vote by the House of Representatives:
"House passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a victory for the most innocent and defenseless among us, our children. The blatant disregard for human life put on display by the recent Gosnell trial was extremely disturbing and served as a reminder that the taking of innocent life is a practice all too common in this nation. Today the House of Representatives took a stand against such atrocities and passed legislation that protects babies by banning late term abortions. Delivered or not, babies are babies, and it has been shown that they can feel pain at least by 20 weeks. These babies deserve protection."