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House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Yesterday, the House of Representatives voted, 237-189, to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PCUCPA) (H.R.36-Franks). The PCUCPA would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation except in cases of rape, incest, or endangerment to the life of the mother; the bill previously passed the House of Representatives in 2013 and 2015. Members of New York’s congressional delegation voted along party lines, with all Democrats voting “nay” and all Republicans voting “yea.” Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, made the following remarks:

“The U.S. House of Representatives has shown compassionate leadership by passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill, which has received bipartisan support, would protect untold numbers of unborn babies from suffering agonizing and unnecessary deaths at the hands of late-term abortionists. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms thanks House Speaker Paul Ryan and his conference for their commitment to the PCUCPA. We also thank President Donald Trump for his support for the measure.”

“Now that the PCUCPA has again passed the House of Representatives, we call upon the United States Senate to step up to the plate and follow the House’s example. It is disquieting that the Senate failed to pass the PCUCPA in 2013 and 2015, and it is disturbing that high-level Senate Republicans are indicating that the bill is not a near-term priority. On this issue and others, voters have grown weary of the gridlock, procedural hurdles, posturing, and excuses that have become the ‘new normal’ in the Senate. Passage of the PCUCPA is a matter of life and death for the next generation of Americans. Sen. Mitch McConnell and other Senate Republicans must find a way to bring this bill to the floor and pass it.”