Hartzler Votes to Protect Unborn Lives

Press Release

Date: May 15, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Abortion

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) and the House voted to outlaw abortions after five months of pregnancy, protecting unborn children capable of feeling the pain of the procedure, by approving the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

"This bill is a positive step forward in the fight to protect the lives of the unborn," Hartzler said. "After the concerns with the original version, I was glad to work with a great group of leaders in the House and pro-life advocates to craft this bill. Though I pray one day we will see a world where no innocent babies are killed, I am proud to support this critical measure that spares babies from the excruciating pain of an abortion."

"Medical evidence shows unborn children can feel pain by the 20th week of pregnancy, if not before," said Hartzler. "An unborn baby at 5 months can suck his or her thumb, yawn, stretch, make faces, and can even move to sound and melody. Surgeons entering the womb to perform corrective procedures on unborn children have seen babies flinch and recoil from sharp objects. That is why they use anesthesia on the child if surgery is needed in utero."

"All life is sacred, and we must protect it. Congress cannot stand by as babies who are capable of feeling excruciating pain are forced to suffer. It is extremely important that we continue to defend the value of every child - born or unborn."

In addition to preventing abortions after the five-month mark, the bill expands protection for unborn children and their mothers. The new language ensures that a woman has a civil right of action should a doctor violate the law in connection with an abortive procedure. It also adds a protection which guarantees that babies who survive an abortion would get the same hospital care that any other preemie would.

The House passed H.R. 36, Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on the two-year anniversary of the sentencing of Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell was an abortionist sentenced to life on three counts of first-degree murder, after he gruesomely killed three babies, and was reported to have regularly performed illegal late-term abortions that he routinely recorded as "24.5 weeks" (6 months or more into a pregnancy).

Congresswoman Hartzler, an ardent pro-life supporter, is a Co-Chair of the House Values Action Team and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services, and Budget Committees. She represents Missouri's Fourth Congressional District.