I wrote July 19 that the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (HR 3803) was in danger of not getting a vote in the House in the final days of session.
But now word comes from National Right to Life that a vote will indeed be held July 31:
“This roll call will be a landmark – the House has never before voted on the question of whether to endorse legal abortion for any reason until birth,” said NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson. “Under the Constitution, members of Congress and the President are ultimately accountable for the current abortion-until-birth policy. Any lawmaker who votes against this bill is voting to ratify the extreme policy currently in effect in the nation’s capital, where abortion is perfectly legal for any reason until the moment of birth.”
“If we can achieve a big majority on this groundbreaking initial vote, it will lay the foundation to achieve legal protection for pain-capable unborn babies in the not-distant future,” Johnson said.
In other words, legislators voting against the DC fetal pain ban will be endorsing abortion for any reason whatsoever until the moment of birth, as is currently the law in our nation’s capital. As was noted in The Weekly Standard on July 25:
The Washington Surgi-Clinic, located just five blocks west of the White House, advertises on its website that it performs abortions 26 weeks (6 months) into pregnancy. The website of another clinic advertises second- and third-trimester abortions involving the “intercardiac injection of medication into the fetal heart” at a “private facility in the Washington, D.C. area.” All of this is perfectly legal.
While abortion proponents continue to deny medical advances demonstrating preborn and born babies by at least 20 weeks gestation feel pain when being torn limb from limb via the late-term dilation and evacuation abortion, eight* states have now moved ahead since 2010 with fetal pain legislation banning abortions past that age.
*Those states are Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Arizona, meanwhile has enacted a ban on abortions past 18 weeks gestation.