Special Action Alert!
July 30, 2012
The U.S. House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3803, the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, TOMORROW (Tuesday, July 31, 2012). Because the Congress controls the District, it is within their jurisdiction to regulate abortion in this manner. Debate will take place in the afternoon and the vote is likely to occur in the evening around 6:30. H.R. 3803 is scheduled for consideration under “Suspension of the Rules,” so a two-thirds majority will be necessary for passage.
This legislation prohibits abortions on pain-capable unborn children after 20 weeks fertilization age (22 weeks LMP) in the District of Columbia. Here are its key points:
- Abortion currently is legal in D.C. up until birth for any reason
- The most common method of abortion used in the late second trimester is the “D&E” or dismemberment abortion, which involves using a long steel tool to grasp and tear off, by brute force, the arms and legs of the unborn child. Then the head is crushed and removed. Testimony describing this painful procedure can be read here or viewed here.
- There is substantial evidence that unborn children can feel pain at least by 20 weeks. Leading expert Dr. Anand at the University of Tennessee has stated, “It is my opinion that the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.”
- Recent polling shows that 63% of those polled support banning abortion on pain-capable unborn children and 70% of women support such a ban.
It will take every Republican vote and 51 Democrat votes in order to pass this legislation since it requires a 2/3 majority under suspension of the Rules. So even if your Representative is a Democrat, please contact him/her and strongly urge support for this humane legislation.
||ACTION: CALL OR EMAIL YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVE TODAY AND URGE HIM/HER TO SUPPORT H.R. 3803.
Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121