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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

U.S. House majority votes for DC unborn pain bill

Washington, DC has no abortion restrictions. Period. Babies can be killed at any stage of development, for any reason.
Last night a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives moved to change that, voting for H.R. 3803, the “D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” by a vote of 220-154-2 with 55 absences. (Of the 55 Members that were absent, 25 are cosponsors of H.R. 3803.) The roll call vote is available here.
Since a two-thirds majority was required for technical reasons, the bill did not pass.  However, it could be brought up for further consideration under a rule in the future and in the meantime puts Members on record.
Meanwhile, Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has filed the “D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” as an amendment to S. 3414, which is now pending in the Senate.
Listen to these speeches made during the debate:
Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) Opening and Closing
Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) Opening and Closing

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