Tuesday, June 18, 2013

House Passes H.R. 1797: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Tonight the House passed the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” (H.R. 1797) by a vote of 228-196. The vote breakdown was as follows:

Votes in Favor: 6 Democrats (Cuellar, Lipinski, Matheson, McIntyre, Peterson and Rahall) and 222 Republicans

Votes Against: 190 Democrats and 6 Republicans voted NO(Broun, Dent, Frelinghuysen, Hanna, Runyan and Woodall)

Entire Playlist of the Debate Here

General Debate:

Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R-TN] Part 1; Part 2 (@MarshaBlackburn)
Rep. Diane Black [R-TN] (@RepDianeBlack)
Rep. Michele Bachmann [R-MN] (@MicheleBachmann)
Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA] (@RepGoodlatte)
Rep. Martha Roby [R-AL] (@RepMarthaRoby)
Rep. Ann Wagner [R-MO] (@RepAnnWagner)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R-MO] (@RepHartzler)
Rep. Steve Scalise [R-LA] (@SteveScalise)
Rep. Kristi Noem [R-SD] (@RepKristiNoem)
Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R-NE] (@JeffFortenberry)
Rep. Renee Ellmers [R-NC] (@RepReneeEllmers)

Rule Debate:

Rep. Virginia Foxx [R-NC] Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4 (@virginiafoxx)
Rep. John Fleming [R-LA] (@RepFleming)
Rep. James Bridenstine [R-OK] (@RepJBridenstine)
Rep. Steven Daines [R-MT] (@SteveDaines)
Rep. Dan Benishek [R-MI] (@CongressmanDan)
Rep. Chris Smith [R-NJ] (@RepChrisSmith)

One Minutes:

Rep. Sam Johnson [R-TX] (@SamsPressShop)
Rep. Jackie Walorski [R-IN] (@RepWalorski)

This legislation is timely in light of the recent conviction of Philadelphia late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of first degree murder in the case of three babies born alive in his clinic and then killed through a procedure he called “snipping” – a procedure that was reportedly routine in the his clinic.

While the Gosnell trial was underway, Columnist Timothy Carney with the Washington Examiner asked participants in a conference call hosted RHRealityCheck (a pro-choice website) “What is the distinction between what he [Gosnell] did, and what a late-term abortionist like, say, LeRoy Carhart does?” Tracy Weitz, associate professor at the University of California, San Francisco, explained, “When a procedure that usually involves the collapsing of the skull is done, it’s usually done when the fetus is still in the uterus, not when the fetus has been delivered.” This candid answer demonstrates why H.R. 1797 is necessary, the painful process of killing an unborn child after 20 weeks happens all too often in the U.S.

There is significant evidence that brutal dismemberment abortions are painful to the unborn child at least by 20 weeks, or the beginning of the sixth month of pregnancy. A leading expert in the field of fetal pain, Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, stated in his report accepted as expert by a federal judge, “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”

This finding is only further confirmed by the tiny infants in neonatal unites across the country. The survival rates for premature infants are continuing to increase as medical care for them advances. According to Dr. Colleen A. Malloy, Professor of Neonatology at Northwestern University, “With advancements in neonatology and perinatal medicine, we have been able to push back the age at which a neonate can be resuscitated and resuscitated successfully. When we speak of infants at 22 weeks LMP [Note: this is 20 weeks post fertilization], for example, we no longer have to rely solely on inferences or ultrasound imagery, because such premature patients are kicking, moving, reacting, and developing right before our eyes in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”

She further explains that “In today’s medical arena, we resuscitate patients at this age and are able to witness their ex-utero growth and development. Medical advancement and technology have enabled us to improve our ability to care for these infants…In fact, standard of care for neonatal intensive care units requires attention to and treatment of neonatal pain. There is no reason to believe that a born infant would feel pain any differently than that same infant were he or she still in utero. Thus, the difference between fetal and neonatal pain is simply the locale in which the pain occurs. The receiver’s experience of the pain is the same. I could never imagine subjecting my tiny patients to horrific procedures such as those that involve limb detachment or cardiac injection.”


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