Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (protect unborn at 20 weeks)

House Roll Call No. 251
113rd Congress, 1st Session

Passed: 228-196 (see complete tally)

H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.) and strongly backed by NRLC, would protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain, defined in the bill as beginning at 20 weeks fetal age, except when an acute physical condition endangers the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest reported to a law enforcement agency.  (20 weeks fetal age is equivalent to 22 weeks in the alternate “LMP” or “weeks of pregnancy” dating system used by ob-gyns and abortion providers.)  On June 18, 2013, the House passed the bill by a vote of 228-196.  The bill was supported by 222 Republicans and six Democrats.  It was opposed by six Republicans and 190 Democrats.  The bill was then sent to the U.S. Senate.  A vote against this bill was, in effect, a bill to allow unlimited abortion in the sixth month or later.  House roll call no. 251.

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 251
Votes For : 228
Votes Against : 196
Not Voting : 10

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