May 13 2015

Graham Applauds House Passage of Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Contact: Kevin Bishop (864) 250-1417 or Lorcan Connick (202) 224-5972

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today applauded the House of Representatives for passing H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. Graham is the lead sponsor of the measure and will soon introduce the legislation in the Senate.

“There are seven countries who allow on-demand abortions at 20-weeks, and I don’t believe the United States should be in that club,” said Graham, noting that the United States is in company with countries like China and North Korea in allowing the practice.

“Over time, we’re going to win on this issue just like we did on another pro-life bill I authored, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. I believe we are on the right side of history.

“I think America is at its best when we are standing up for the least among us. This debate is long overdue.

“We now know that an unborn child at the twentieth week of pregnancy can feel pain. In fact, anesthesia is administered directly to unborn children in second trimester fetal surgery. Given these facts and my strong support for life, I believe there is a compelling interest in protecting these unborn children who are among the most vulnerable in our society.

“The House has passed this legislation on two separate occasions, yet the Senate has not taken a vote. I welcome this debate in the Senate and look forward to talking about who we are as Americans and what makes us special as a country.”