U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and 45 other Senators last week introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks gestation.
“For too long we have allowed our most innocent and vulnerable among us to be terminated despite having scientific evidence that an unborn baby at 5 months can feel the pain of the procedure,” said Inhofe. “It’s abhorrent that the United States stands in a small arena of six other nations, to include China and North Korea, which permit abortion at or after five months of pregnancy. This injustice must end. The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed this legislation to protect the unborn, and I urge for swift consideration in the Senate.”
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make it illegal for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion without first making a determination of the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child. If the post-fertilization age of the unborn child is determined to be 20 weeks or greater, an abortion shall not be performed, unless it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.
The companion legislation, H.R. 36, passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May by a vote of 242-184.