Vote to Ban Late-Term Abortions

October 3, 2017

For Immediate Release
Contact: Stephani Liesmaki


Press Release

U.S. House Votes to Ban Painful, Late-Term Abortions!

U.S. House Passes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,
Cosponsored by Minnesota Representatives Emmer (R) and Peterson (DFL)

Washington D.C. --- The U.S. House voted today to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, which restricts most abortions after 20-weeks, with limited exceptions. It also specifies that any baby born alive in the process of an abortion should be given the same care as a baby born prematurely. 

The Act was cosponsored by Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer (R) and Representative Collin Peterson (DFL). The Act still needs to successfully pass in the Senate in order to reach President Trump's desk.

Research shows a preborn baby can feel pain at 20 weeks. That's why H.R. 36 is a commonsense bill that would eliminate the pain and suffering of late-term abortions experienced by as many as 18,000 preborn children each year.

"As public servants, our U.S. Representatives are particularly responsible to protect the life and dignity of the most vulnerable in our society, including preborn children. We are proud of Minnesota Representative Tom Emmer and Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson for cosponsoring this Act to ban painful late-term abortions," says John Helmberger, Chief Executive Officer of Minnesota Family Council. "Regardless of party lines, every member of Congress must recognize that research proves preborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks. We strongly urge the U.S. Senate to likewise pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, as President Trump's Administration has made it clear that he intends to sign it, if and when it reaches his desk," concludes Helmberger.

"We are grateful that today the U.S. House took a significant step toward ending the painful suffering that preborn children experience when aborted at or after 20 weeks," says Stephani Liesmaki, Communications Director for Minnesota Family Council. "H.R. 36 is a step in the right direction when it comes to affirming the dignity, sanctity and value of every human life, from conception to natural death," concludes Liesmaki.