WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2015 (Dr. Susan Berry) – Following several months of intense controversy, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that would restrict abortions in the United States after the fifth month of pregnancy.
The bill was approved on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the conviction of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who was found guilty of murdering infants born alive during abortion procedures, and of negligence in the death of an abortion patient.
The bill passed by a vote of 242–184. Four Democrats voted in favor of the bill and four Republicans voted against it. The measure now heads to the Senate.
Its passage comes as a recent New York Times article revealed results of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found more very premature babies are surviving outside the womb with fewer health problems due to medical advances.
In 2013, the measure passed the House easily, but was never taken up by the Democrat-led Senate. Pro-life lawmakers were anxious to reintroduce the bill at the start of the new Congress in January — now with a Republican-controlled Senate in place that could make passage in that chamber more likely.
The legislation, however, was upended and pulled from the House floor abruptly on the eve of the March for Life later that month, when a group of Republicans — mostly women and moderates — led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC), objected to rape and incest reporting requirements that mandated the crimes be reported to law enforcement in order for a late-term abortion to take place.