Latta Votes for Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted for legislation, H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks. According to substantial medical evidence, an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 232 to 187. Nearly two-thirds of Americans support legislation to prevent abortions after a baby can feel pain in the womb. The bill also contains Born-Alive Infant Protections, which require medical efforts to be made to save babies that survive abortion attempts.
“Every unborn life is sacred and should be protected,” said Latta. “It’s even more horrific when babies that are able to feel pain are allowed to be aborted under current law. I stand with the pro-life community in supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is supported by Americans United for Life, Concerned Women for America, the Family Research Council, March for Life, National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The U.S. is only one of seven countries – including North Korea and China – that allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.
In addition to H.R. 36, Congressman Latta has also voted to pass H.R. 7, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which would make permanent the Hyde Amendment, a prohibition on taxpayer money for abortions. He also voted to roll back an Obama-era Department of Health and Human Services rule that attempted to stop states from diverting Title X family planning grants away from Planned Parenthood to community health centers. Additionally, Latta has repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood, including voting to pass the American Health Care Act earlier this year.