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Rep. Steve Chabot issues statement on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Washington, D.C. -- Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Westwood) issued the following statement on Wednesday in response to the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:
"A decade ago, when we were advancing legislation to ban the gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion through Congress, we received extensive testimony regarding the excruciating pain unborn children feel during abortion procedures. As medical knowledge has advanced in the intervening years, we have learned that babies, after the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, can most certainly feel pain and that the unborn infant's perception of painful stimuli at this stage of development is likely more intense than newborns and older children.
The passage by the House of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is an important step forward in the effort to end the cruel and inhumane practice of late-term abortions. I urge my colleagues in the Senate to move beyond partisan politics and do what is right for these vulnerable babies and bring this critical legislation to a vote. Every day that we delay is another day that an unborn baby boy or girl suffers unconscionable pain as his or her life is ended in a brutal and barbaric manner."