Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger votes to protect late-term babies from abortion

Jun 18, 2013
Press Release
CONTACT:  Jamie Bowers, 704-365-6234
June 18, 2013


WASHINGTON – Congressman Pittenger voted today for reasonable, scientifically-based limits on late-term abortions.  The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 1797) prohibits abortions beginning in the sixth month of pregnancy, when medical researchers agree that the child can feel pain.
“Is our culture so rotten that we must debate protecting little babies during the 6th month of pregnancy?” asked Congressman Pittenger.  “What have we become?  When we fail to protect the most vulnerable, we shouldn’t be surprised by the epidemic of violence that follows in other areas of society.”
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which Congressman Pittenger co-sponsored, bans all abortions in the United States beginning 20 weeks after fertilization, except in cases of rape, incest, or a specific health threat to the mother.  Babies born prematurely at 20 weeks routinely survive thanks to the excellent medical care provided by Neo-Natal Intensive Care.
This legislation took on added urgency following horrific revelations about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who circumvented the existing ban on partial-birth abortions to brutally kill viable babies during the final weeks of pregnancy.
The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 228-196 and now awaits action by the Senate and President Obama.