Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act: passage

House Roll Call No. 526
109th Congress, 2nd Session

Failed: 250-162 (see complete tally)

The Unborn Child Pain Awarness Act (H.R. 6099), sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), would require every abortionist to provide, whenever a woman seeks an abortion past 20 weeks after fertilization, a government-prepared brochure that explains that there is "substantial evidence" that her unborn child will experience pain during the abortion.  The bill also would guarantee the right of the mother to either request or refuse (by signing a form) the administration of pain-reducing drugs directly to the unborn child.  The bill would apply to all abortions beginning at 20 weeks after fertilization, regardless of the method used.  For additional information on this issue, click here.  The bill was considered under a special procedure called "suspension of the rules," under which no amendments were allowed, but a two-thirds vote was required for passage.  The vote was 250 to 162 -- a majority, but short of the required two-thirds margin.  Therefore, the bill was not passed.  The bill was supported by 210 Republicans and 40 Democrats.  It was opposed by nine Republicans, 152 Democrats, and one independent.  Roll Call No. 526, December 6, 2006.  (H.R. 356 was an earlier version of this legislation.  A companion bill, S. 51, did not come to a vote in the Senate.)

Vote Map: House Roll Call No. 526
Votes For : 250
Votes Against : 162
Not Voting : 20

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