The U.S. House of Representatives took the first step in banning late-term abortions yesterday when it passed H.R. 36—Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 237-189. This important pro-life legislation would place a nationwide ban on late-term abortions of babies after 20 weeks of fertilization, a point at which unborn babies feel pain.
The U.S. House passed similar bills in both 2013 and 2015, but both failed to get enough support to pass the U.S. Senate and did not receive support from President Obama. H.R. 36 is likely to face an uphill challenge in the U.S Senate again, where it would need 60 votes to pass.
The bill, however, did receive a strong endorsement from the Trump Administration yesterday morning. In a statement of support released yesterday, the Trump Administration noted that “the bill…would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires,” and that it “would promote a science-based approach to unborn life.”
NC Family is encouraging pro-life citizens across the state to visit the NC Family Action Center to send an email to North Carolina’s U.S. Senators Richard Burr (R) and Thom Tillis (R) to urge them to support the bill and to encourage their colleagues in the U.S. Senate to do the same.
Thanks to all who responded to NC Family’s Action Alert last week, and contacted their U.S. House member! Please contact our Senate members NOW!
North Carolina’s 13-member congressional delegation voted as follows on H.R. 36:
AYE: George Holding (R-District 2), Walter Jones (R-District 3), Virginia Foxx (R-District 5), Mark Walker (R-District 6), David Rouzer (R-District 7), Richard Hudson (R-District 8), Robert Pittenger (R-District 9), Patrick McHenry (R-District 10), Mark Meadows (R-District 11), Ted Budd (R-District 13).
NO: G.K. Butterfield (D-District 1), David Price (D-District 4) Alma Adams (D-District 12).