Update (10/4): The House passed H.R. 36 on October 3rd. Senator Lindsey Graham’s office has reported he will introduce the legislation to the Senate on Thursday, October 5th.
In a political move to appease GOP anti-choice donors, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has scheduled an October 3rd floor vote on H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill would impose a federal ban on abortion procedures after 20 weeks of gestation. The law is based on the false argument that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks; scientists have concluded fetal pain only occurs in the third trimester (28 weeks), at which point abortions are generally prohibited.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that only 1.3% of all abortions take place after 20 weeks and usually occur because of severe fetal anomalies or maternal health risks. Twenty-week abortion restrictions not only endanger women’s health but also criminalize doctors who are trying to make the best and safest medical decisions for their patients. These deeply personal and emotional decisions should be between a woman and her doctor and not involve politicians playing games with partisan agendas and junk science.
While 17 states have already passed their own versions of 20-week abortion bans, this bill aims to impose the unconstitutional restriction on women’s reproductive rights on the entire country. The bill will almost certainly die in the Senate, but bringing this bill to the House floor for a vote still stigmatizes abortion care, lends credence to lies about fetal health, and wastes legislative resources better spent on fixing real problems.
CALL MCCASKILL (417) 868-8745 AND BLUNT | (417) 877-7814 and tell them you oppose H.R. 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
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Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Springfield.
I’m calling to express my serious opposition to H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This federal 20-week abortion ban is not only unconstitutional but also jeopardizes women’s health and physicians’ ability to care for their patients. I demand _____________________ vote against this disgraceful bill.
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