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Protect Pain-Capable Unborn Children - H.R. 1080
  • Scientific evidence reveals that abortion can inflict tremendous pain on the unborn baby at 20 weeks after fertilization.
  • Scientific integrity calls for an objective presentation of the major advances in scientific knowledge about fetal development and pain perception.
  • Compassion demands that next to protecting life and promoting healing, a physician must do all in his or her power to alleviate pain.
  • Only one in four Americans hold the extreme position that abortion should be allowed after the first trimester of a baby's development.
  • Only seven countries allow abortions at the 20-week period--including China, Vietnam and North Korea.

This bill would:

  • Ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation.
  • Allows exceptions, including to save the life of the mother, and in cases of rape.
  • Provides redress for women subjected to an abortion in violation of this Act.

Bill text excerpts:

* Ban: "Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the abortion shall not be performed or attempted, if the probable post-fertilization age, as determined under paragraph (1), of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater."

* Exceptions: "…does not apply if—in reasonable medical judgment, the abortion is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions; “(ii) the pregnancy is the result of rape against an adult woman…."

* Redress: "A woman upon whom an abortion has been performed or attempted in violation of any provision of this section may, in a civil action against any person who committed the violation, obtain appropriate relief."

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