Vote on D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Act delayed

A 20-week-old unborn baby.

All the more time to make our voices heard!

Last week, I reported that the U.S. House Judiciary Committee would vote on Tuesday, July 10 on a bill backed by the National Right to Life Committee. However, that vote has not yet occurred. You can read the original article, published on July 9, here. A vote on the legislation, known at H.R. 3803, is expected on Wednesday, July 18, according to National Right to Life. National Right to Life has provided a list of current co-sponsors arranged by state that you can find at the previous link.

Another resource now available from National Right to Life is this testimony from Dr. Anthony Levantino before the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the House Judiciary Committee. You can watch that video here.

Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona (R) introduced the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the House. According to last week’s press release from National Right to Life, “20 weeks after fertilization, a child has the ability to experience great pain.”

Right now in the District of Columbia, an abortion can be performed at any time, for any reason, until the moment of birth. According to National Right to Life Director Douglas Johnson, “[a] vote against this bill amounts to a vote to ratify the current policy of legal abortion, for any reason, until the moment of birth.” Seven states have already enacted legislation based on the National Right to Life model bill.

The delay in voting will allow more pro-life citizens to make their voices heard by contacting their representatives and urging others to the do the same.

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