The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would protect unborn children through a federal ban on abortions after the 20th week of gestation, when scientific evidence suggests the child can feel pain. The proposed law would penalize abortionists who perform an abortion procedure after 20 weeks with up to five years in prison and/or fines.
The United States is just one of seven countries — including China and North Korea — to permit elective abortions after 20 weeks. Even in liberal Europe, most countries ban abortions after the first trimester. While the 20-week ban in the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act falls short of conservatives’ goal to protect all of the preborn, its passage would have protected and saved lives.
This bill was debated on the Senate floor, and 60 votes were required to end debate and proceed to a simple majority vote.
The motion to proceed on this bill was defeated in the Senate on January 29, 2018 in a roll-call vote of 51–46, sinking the bill. To see how your representative in the House voted on this legislation, click here.
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Conservative position: YES
YEAs — 51
NAYs — 46
Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Van Hollen (D-MD)
Not Voting — 3