Good News: Pain-Capable Pro-life Bill to Return to Congress

Cortney O’Brien, 

 Congress infamously squandered the opportunity to vote on the pro-life Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in January, drawing ire from pro-lifers who expected more from their elected leaders. Today, however, it was announced that legislators are recognizing another somber anniversary to finally bring the bill up for a vote: the conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, 

Next week will mark two years since abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn children and neglecting a patient who later died. The grisly details of the filthy abortion clinic he ran are described here. As the date approaches, Congress has decided to take up a vote on the Pain-Capable bill, legislation that would ban abortions at 20 weeks gestation – when unborn children can feel pain.

The Pain-Capable bill’s reintroduction is thanks, in part, to pro-life groups who have rallied on its behalf in recent days. The Susan B. Anthony List made over 10,000 constituent calls to the House of Representatives, urging them to vote. They listened. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser celebrated the bill’s return and hinted that it will have lasting implications on next year’s presidential election.


“This legislation will be the defining abortion issue of the 2016 elections and put pro-life candidates on offense. Already, the entire Republican presidential field has rallied behind this popular legislation while Hillary Clinton remains elusive on her late-term abortion position. The national conversation on this bill will force Clinton to choose between the American people or her uncompromising, deep-pocketed friends in the big abortion industry who accept no limits to abortion on-demand.”

Clinton will also have to face an American constituency that strongly supports this legislation.

New scientific evidence has revealed that premature babies can survive before 24 weeks, giving Congress even more proof that they’re doing the right thing. Not that they need it. This bill has the potential to save thousands of lives from being cut too soon.

With science, evidence, and the American people on unborn babies’ side, it’s about time the Pain-Capable bill returns to Capitol Hill. Expect Congress to vote on the legislation either Wednesday, May 13, or Thursday, May 14.

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