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Congressman Trent Franks

Representing the 8th District of Arizona

Pain-Capable Abortion Ban Passes Constitution Subcommittee

June 4, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice approved, by a 6-4 margin, Congressman Trent Franks' (AZ-08) Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Franks, who chairs the subcommittee, released the following statement:

"I understand the unfortunate reality that today’s markup will be surrounded by some degree of controversy. But we, as a nation, find ourselves at a point at which we don't offer unborn children even the most basic protections -- even protections we extend to animals and property. The trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed late abortions for what they really are: relocated infanticide. I pray we use this as a ‘teachable moment,’ in the words of President Obama, and can agree that, at the very least, we are better than dismembering babies who can feel every excruciating moment. I look forward to the bill's moving on the full Judiciary Committee and to an eventual vote on this necessary, common-sense measure."

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks gestation. Extensive research indicates unborn children begin to feel pain at 20 weeks and possibly earlier.

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