Written By: Reagan McCarthy | @reagmccarthy
The House of Representatives passed HR36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a new version of a previous bill that the GOP has tried to implement during former President Obama’s tenure, with a vote of 237-189. The bill would, with limited exceptions, make performing abortions after 20 weeks unlawful at the federal level. The legislation is consistent with the abundance of scientific evidence that makes clear that unborn babies can feel pain well before 20 weeks of fertilization.
Although the policy passed the House easily, as expected, the Senate will be a tougher pass for this pro-life legislation. The Senate GOP would need to flip 8 Democrats from their likely- party-line no vote, including Senator Bob Casey. Representing the Commonwealth in the US Senate since 2006, Casey is a self-proclaimed pro-life Democrat, but his recent voting record does not reflect such views– the National Right to Life gives Casey a zero on their pro-life voting card. Casey also has recently voted to keep funding Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, with taxpayer dollars. Casey’s support for a political operation with abortion at the center of their business model and no display for respect for human life, which profits off of selling human body parts, is hardly pro-life.
Science backs up the Pain-Capable legislation given that medical evidence shows babies can feel pain before 20 weeks of life; late term abortion is no longer about ‘a woman’s choice,’ it is killing a human being. The abortion argument at this stage is no longer pro-life versus pro-choice–support for abortion as late as 5 months into a pregnancy, when an unborn human being can feel excruciating pain, is pro-abortion.
In 2015, when legislation nearly identical to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act came to the Senate floor, Senator Bob Casey voted to protect the unborn. I call on Senator Casey to stand up to his own party’s radical views on abortion, to keep his pro-life promise to Pennsylvania voters and most importantly, to stand up for the unborn–those without a voice at the table. I call on Senator Bob Casey to vote yes, once again, on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act when introduced in the Senate.