Legislation Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Set for Senate Debate and Vote

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By: Scott Zipperle
Posted on: September 22, 2015

Legislation Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Set for Senate Debate and Vote

September 18, 2015

CONTACT: Ryan Hughes
Shirley & Banister Public Affairs


Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act a Crucial Piece of Pro-Life Legislation

WASHINGTON – Legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks is going to be debated and voted on in the United States Senate this week. The debate on S. 1553, The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, will begin on Monday and a vote is expected Tuesday morning.

At the age of 20 weeks or 5 months post-fertilization, scientific evidence tells us an unborn child can feel pain. Pain medication is administered directly to the unborn child in second-trimester fetal surgery, in addition to anesthesia. The unborn child shows physical, chemical, brain and stress responses demonstrating pain at this stage of development. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is based on science, has overwhelming public support, and is necessary to protect unborn children from painful and untimely deaths.

“This is a common-sense bill that the large majority of Americans strongly support. We thank the Senate for taking it up and call upon both sides of the aisle to pass this. Any abortion is one too many. But Americans are are in agreement that we need to bring an immediate end to late term abortions.” said Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.

Who:   Pro-Life Legislators, March for Life and other Pro-Life Organizations

What:  Press Conference on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Where: Senate Visitors Center Room 215, United States Capitol

When:  Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 10:15 AM ET

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., began as a small demonstration on January 22, 1974, the first anniversary of the now-infamous Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton and rapidly grew to be the largest pro-life event in the world.  The peaceful demonstration that has followed on this somber anniversary every year since is a witness to the truth concerning the greatest human rights violation of our time, abortion.

Jeanne Mancini, President of March for Life Education and Defense Fund, is available for interviews. For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Ryan Hughes at RHughes@SBPublicAffairs.com or (703) 739-5920.


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