Washington D.C.—Today, Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) voted in support of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill would restrict abortions after 20 weeks, as substantial scientific evidence has proven that abortions inflict pain on unborn children at this age. Currently, the United States is one of only seven countries that allow abortions after 20 weeks.
“The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act imposes commonsense restricts on late term abortions to protect the most vulnerable in our society. Scientific evidence has shown that abortions are particularly painful for unborn children after 20 weeks. At 20 weeks, an unborn child is developed enough to respond to sound and feel pain. These children deserve to be protected and deserve a chance at life,” said Congresswoman Claudia Tenney. “During my time as a member of the New York State Assembly, I was the prime sponsor of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and was honored to champion this bill in an effort to protect the sanctity of life. I’m honored to continue this fight in Congress by cosponsoring and voting in support of H.R. 36 today.”
Additionally, it has been proven that a fetus is capable of surviving outside of the womb at 20 weeks. The bill, also known as Micah’s law, is named after Micah Pickering who was born prematurely at 20 weeks. Micah is now 5 years old and lives and full and healthy life.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act provides exemptions in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother.