Federal - S 160

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - S160


January 16, 2019


Would protect unborn babies from abortion, from the age (20 weeks or greater) at which they can feel pain.

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Commentary: Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)

At five months, an unborn baby can detect light, hear sounds, swallow, and even experience taste. These unborn babies have nails on their fingers and toes, and hair has just begun to grow on their heads.

These babies feel pain. They scrunch their eyes, clench their hands, or pull back their limbs—just like any other child experiencing pain. They are even treated as patients during fetal surgery procedures, and giving them pain medication is standard practice.

By any definition, unborn babies at five months’ development are in all ways babies.

While modern medicine recognizes these unborn lives can experience pain, there is no federal law protecting these vulnerable humans from abortion. As a result, every year in our country, thousands of lives are painfully ended through this practice.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 48

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  • Jan. 9, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Loeffler, (R-Ga.)
  • Jan. 8, 2020 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Shelby, (R-Ala.)
  • Dec. 9, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Capito, (R-W.Va.)
  • May 21, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Scott, (R-Fla.)
  • Jan. 29, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hawley, (R-Mo.)
  • Jan. 17, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cruz, (R-Texas)
  • Jan. 16, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 42

    Barrasso, (R-Wyo.)Fischer, (R-Neb.)Portman, (R-Ohio)
    Blackburn, (R-Tenn.)Grassley, (R-Iowa)Risch, (R-Idaho)
    Blunt, (R-Mo.)Hoeven, (R-N.D.)Roberts, (R-Kan.)
    Boozman, (R-Ark.)Hyde-Smith, (R-Miss.)Romney, (R-Utah)
    Burr, (R-N.C.)Inhofe, (R-Okla.)Rounds, (R-S.D.)
    Braun, (R-Ind.)Isakson, (R-Ga.)Rubio, (R-Fla.)
    Cassidy, (R-La.)Johnson, R. (R-Wis.)Sasse, (R-Neb.)
    Cornyn, (R-Texas)Kennedy, John (R-La.)Scott, T. (R-S.C.)
    Cotton, (R-Ark.)Lankford, (R-Okla.)Sullivan, (R-Alaska)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)Lee, M. (R-Utah)Thune, (R-S.D.)
    Crapo, (R-Idaho)McConnell, (R-Ky.)Tillis, (R-N.C.)
    Daines, (R-Mont.)Moran, (R-Kan.)Toomey, (R-Pa.)
    Enzi, (R-Wyo.)Paul, (R-Ky.)Wicker, (R-Miss.)
    Ernst, (R-Iowa)Perdue, (R-Ga.)Young, T. (R-Ind.)
  • Jan. 16, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: Senate Judiciary.Congressional Record p. S273