House Will Vote Today on Five Month Abortion Limit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 3, 2017
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org 202-223-8073

SBA List Urges Congress to Protect Unborn Children from Painful Late-Term Abortions

Washington, D.C.  – Today the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would protect unborn children from abortion after five months – more than halfway through pregnancy, a point by which science shows they feel pain.  

The White House yesterday issued a Statement of Administration Policy that reads, in part:

“The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires. Additionally, the bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization. The United States is currently out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only 7 out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. America’s children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance.”

The national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) released the following:

“We are grateful to President Trump, Leader McCarthy, and our pro-life allies in the House of Representatives for championing this compassionate, popular bill. We urge Congress to pass it swiftly,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “The United States is one of only seven nations in the world that allow children in the womb to be killed for any reason up until the moment of birth, putting us in the company of China and North Korea. This bill, which the President has promised to sign, would get us out of that disgraceful club and bring our laws into line with basic human decency. Twenty states have passed their own legislation to protect babies at five months, and polls consistently show that a large majority of Americans – women in higher numbers than men – support it. It’s past time for Congress to pass a nationwide law protecting unborn children from the unspeakable cruelty of late-term abortion.”

Nationwide polling by the polling company, inc./WomanTrend, Quinnipiac, National Journal, Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post/ABC News has found that a plurality or majority of Americans support limiting abortion after five months, women in higher numbers than men.

President Donald Trump has made four key commitments to the pro-life movement, including signing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law.

Susan B. Anthony List and its partner super PAC, Women Speak Out spent more than $18 million in the 2016 election cycle, knocking on more than 1.1 million doors in battleground states to defeat Hillary Clinton and maintain a pro-life Senate. SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 600,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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