Jun 18, 2013

Washington, DC (June 18, 2013) – Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“We must never hesitate to protect the most vulnerable and helpless lives,” said Pearce.  “By 20 weeks, a child is capable of feeling excruciating pain during the abortion process.  Last month, Americans were horrified to learn of the brutal practices that have occurred in America’s abortion clinics—a mother carelessly murdered during the abortion process, babies having their spinal cords snipped after being born alive, and an appalling disregard for human life.  It is atrocious that millions of babies in the U.S. have suffered what we call abortion, never given a chance at life.  A majority of Americans agree that late-term abortions are wrong, and today’s legislation is a step in the right direction for our nation.

Pearce was an original cosponsor of H.R. 1797, and voted in favor of similar legislation in the 112th Congress.  Pearce has also voted against federal funding for abortion, and in favor of other measures to protect the unborn.  Last month, Pearce called for a reassessment of U.S. abortion laws in light of the conviction of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.