The U.S. Senate votes Monday on the Pain Capable unborn Child Protection Act
Archbishop Schnurr invites you to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act: This legislation, which prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation on the scientific evidence that fetuses can feel pain by that point, passed the House on Oct. 3, and is now in the Senate as S.2311. A vote is scheduled to take place on Monday, January 29.
There is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child can experience pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization. Therefore, this bill, which was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC) on October 5 as S. 1922, asserts a compelling governmental interest in protecting unborn children from this stage. With limited exceptions, S. 1922 makes it unlawful to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.
Cardinal Dolan, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has called on Congress to support this common-sense abortion policy reform. In an October 17 letter to senators, he pointed out to lawmakers that “although we want, and will continue to work for, protections in law for human life from the beginning of its existence, for several reasons we think the proposed ban on abortion at 20 weeks after fertilization is a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as “pro-life” and as “pro-choice”.
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