This House-passed bill would save at least 10,000 lives a year
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representative passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, in a 237-189 vote:
"Every person has the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This bill marks an important step in protecting these rights for the most vulnerable among us – the unborn. I urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to not let this important, life-saving bill get thrown on the pile of more than 270 House-passed bills that await Senate passage."
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would protect unborn children by preventing abortions 20 weeks after fertilization, at which time scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. The legislation includes exceptions for extreme circumstances such as rape, incest, and situations where the life of the mother is seriously threatened.
The United States is one of just seven countries in the world that permit abortions after 20 weeks – including human rights violators such as China and North Korea. According to estimates by the Congressional Budget Office, around 10,000 abortions take place at or after 20 weeks every year.
Just before the vote, Walker spoke on the House floor about his support of the bill. You can watch the video above and read the transcript here:
"As a former minister, and as an American, even as a human being, I believe that every boy and girl is conceived with God-given potential, and unique talents and abilities. Abilities they will use to serve others and make a difference.
"Let me put it this way.
"I know a young man named Luke. Luke’s mother was in for a surprise when at only 24 weeks into her pregnancy, her baby boy decided it was time to meet the world. To make a long story short, Luke worked through complications with his family, and he serves in our district office in North Carolina.
"Every life is an opportunity. Every life is precious. A little earlier, we were challenged by the accusation that Republicans are only concerned about budgets. It goes out the window when it comes to this issue.
"You know what? You're right. We don't put a price on life. We cherish it.
"I am a proud cosponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and encourage my colleagues to support it."