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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Passes House

October 3, 2017
Press Release

After the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 36), which bans abortions after 20 weeks, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) released the following statement:

“Twenty weeks is a milestone for babies. Babies at this age, in utero, are hyper-responsive to pain. This means that they feel pain more acutely than a one-year old child, or you or I do as adults. This is not lost on surgeons who operate on young patients in the womb. In fact, best medical practice routinely administers pain medication for unborn children undergoing surgical procedures. Our bill stops these unborn children from having to endure this inhumane, painful procedure.

We also know that pre-term babies born at 20 weeks have a chance of survival outside the womb. These children are the future doctors and nurses, the future scientists who will develop cures and the teachers who will train generations to come after them. These unborn children will grow up to serve honorably in our military and grow up to be mothers and fathers with children of their own. It is a tragedy to allow their lives to be snuffed out. Our bill will allow these children to live out their full potential.

A vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a vote to save the next generation and restore America’s conscience. America is pro-life, and I’m proud to support legislation that strengthens our American values.”