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H.R. 1797 & S. 1670 – The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

H.R. 1797, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would bar post-20-week abortions except in cases of reported rape or incest or where a pregnancy poses a physical threat to the mother’s life.

S. 1670 is the Senate version of the measure. It has slightly different wording, but contains the same basic elements as H.R. 1797.

The bill is based on scientific research showing that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks of development.

H.R. 1797, as introduced, applied only to abortions performed in the District of Columbia. In light of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s multiple-murder convictions, the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8), decided to amend his bill so that its protections would apply nationwide. That amendment, in the form of a substitute bill, was adopted at a mark-up session of the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice on June 4.

The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate.

Text

The text of H.R. 1797, as passed by the House, is available at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/1797/text?q={%22search%22:[%22pain%20capable%20unborn%20child%20protection%20act%22]}

The text of S. 1670 is available at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1670/text

Co-Sponsors

H.R. 1797 is sponsored by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-8) and has 184 co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/house-bill/1797/cosponsors?q={%22search%22:[%22pain%20capable%20unborn%20child%20protection%20act%22]}

S. 1670 is sponsored by Senator Lindsay Graham (SC) and has 40 co-sponsors. A list of the co-sponsors may be found at http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th/senate-bill/1670/cosponsors

Status

H.R. 1797

4-26-13 H.R. 1797 introduced and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

5-23-13 The Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on H.R. 1797.

6-4-13 The Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice voted 6-4 to adopt Congressman Trent Franks’s amendment in the form of a substitute bill.

6-12-13 The Judiciary Committee voted 20-12 to approve the bill and send it to the House floor for consideration.

6-18-13 The House voted 228-196 to pass H.R. 1797 and send it to the Senate for consideration.

6-19-13 Received by the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.


S. 1670

11-7-13 Introduced in the Senate and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Statements

H.R. 1797

5-17-13 Press release by Congressman Franks announcing that he will amend H.R. 1797 so that it will apply nationwide is available at http://franks.house.gov/press-release/franks-expand-dc-abortion-bill-nationwide

5-23-13 Video of opening statement by Congressman Franks at Subcommittee on the
Constitution and Civil Justice hearing is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hb6inBbTKas&feature=youtu.be

5-23-13 Testimony of Anthony Levatino, M.D., before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

5-23-13 Testimony of Maureen L. Condic, Ph.D., University of Utah, School of Medicine, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

5-23-13 Testimony of Jill Stanek, R.N., before the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

6-12-13 Statement of Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-6) at Judiciary Committee hearing is available at http://goodlatte.house.gov/press_releases/418

6-12-13 Video of statement by Congressman Trent Franks (AZ -8) at Judiciary Committee hearing is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kGiSJ_PISk

6-12-13 Video of statement by Congressman Doug Collins (GA-9) at Judiciary Committee hearing is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLhWmyEzfrE

6-18-13 Video statement of Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) presenting the bill on the House floor – Part One is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmxWE4tvRBE&feature=youtu.be.  Part Two is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlDFDChGqfM

6-18-13 A list of videos of statements made by Members of Congress in support of H.R. 1797 on the House floor is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?feature=edit_ok&list=PLytHy7PQxOT7FbJzwuMerssN5mEfVcqHj

S. 1670

11-7-13 Statement and press release by Senator Lindsay Graham upon introduction of S.1690 may be found at http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=334fc324-eb10-8ba9-c57f-d6753d4b3ed3

4-29-14 Senators Lindsey Graham and Kelly Ayotte issued a “Dear Colleague” letter signed by 31 other Senators urging Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The letter may be found at http://www.sba-list.org/sites/default/files/content/shared/05.07.14_ayotte_dear_colleague_pain_capable_unborn_child_protection_act_0.pdf

5-13-14 Press release by Senator Lindsey Graham noting the first anniversary of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder conviction and calling on Majority Leader Harry Reid to allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act may be found at http://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressRoom.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=aabff16b-e06c-0864-5258-cfe41d5ec818

5-30-14 Letter from 105 Members of the House of Representatives to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking that Senator Reid allow a vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act may be found at http://black.house.gov/sites/black.house.gov/files/Pain%20Capable%20Letter%20to%20Senator%20Reid-Final.pdf

Priests for Life Statements

June 4, 2012: Priests for Life team to walk the halls of Congress

August 2, 2012: A Word to "Pro-Choice" lawmakers: The voters are watching

May 17, 2013: Fr. Frank Applauds Bill to Protect Pain-Capable Children

May 21, 2013: Priests for Life: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act "Most Significant Legislative Step Forward"

May 23, 2013: A painless step forward in abortion policy: Column

June 19, 2013: Fr Pavone applauds House for ban on late-term abortion

July 15, 2013: Should Dismemberment be Legal?

August 5, 2013: National Day of Remembrance

September 9, 2013: September 14 is a day of remembrance for aborted children

October 21, 2013: The US Senate and the Greatest Scandal of All

November 4, 2103: Priests for Life Calls on Senators to Support Pro-life Bill

November 11, 2013: Force the Vote!

November 15, 2013: Father Pavone urges protection for Albuquerque babies from late-term abortion

November 18, 2013: Priests for Life Supporting Albuquerque Efforts and Beyond To Protect Pain-Capable Children

November 18, 2013: Albuquerque, Lead the Way!

November 20, 2013: Fr. Pavone: Albuquerque effort to end late-term abortion is just a first step

Priests for Life plans for 2014

Priests for Life report for 2013

February 24, 2014: PAVONE AND KING: The civil rights front line is now in the womb

March 7, 2014: Fr. Pavone to U.S. Senate: Americans support Pain Capable Bill; do you?

April 24, 2014: Fr. Pavone: Pro-lifers are winning the pain capable battle

May 13, 2014: Priests for Life: Gosnell Anniversary Links Pain-Capable Bill and 2014 Elections

 


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