Congressman Kevin Cramer supported legislation today, which bans abortions in the United States performed more than 20 weeks after conception.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. Specifically, H.R. 36 establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark. In addition, this bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest. Cramer is a cosponsor of the legislation.
"We must protect the rights of every human, especially those who have no voice," said Cramer. "Science has proven children feel pain 20 weeks from conception. It is important our laws reflect that reality. Certainly a civilized society should do all it can to avoid hurting our most vulnerable citizens."
The United States is one of only seven countries worldwide who allow elective abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Science confirms that unborn children can feel pain at or before 20 weeks post-fertilization.
This bill would establish criminal penalties for violations to this act by abortionists, punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine.
A woman who had an abortion in violation of this act may not be prosecuted. In addition, a woman or parent of a minor who had an abortion attempted or performed in violation of any provision of the act may take civil action against anyone who committed the violation.
The National Center for Health Statistics would be required to issue an annual statistical report providing statistical information about abortions carried out after 20 weeks post-fertilization age.