WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement after Senate Democrats voted to block consideration of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553), which protects unborn children from abortion after five months of pregnancy, when they can feel pain:
“Science and medical research has shown that by 20 weeks in the womb – five months of pregnancy – unborn babies are capable of feeling pain. It is morally wrong to inflict pain on an innocent human being, but that’s exactly what Senate Democrats and President Obama are supporting by opposing this humane bill. Their extreme support for abortions for any reason up until the moment of birth is indefensible.
“Recent videos exposing the abortion-for-baby parts business shed new light on why they so emphatically support the practice of late-term abortion: fully-developed hearts, lungs, livers, heads, and legs potentially mean bigger profits. It’s a horrific thought, and a stain on our national conscience. Every American who values life should demand an end to this barbaric practice.”
NOTE: The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in May. According to several public opinion surveys, a majority of Americans – including majorities of independents, women, and people 18-29 years old – support such a measure. In the past, President Obama has supported allowing abortions at any stage of pregnancy, and strongly opposed legislation protecting babies who are born alive after attempted abortions, putting him far out of the mainstream of American public opinion.
In light of The Center for Medical Progress’s video evidence, there are three House committees currently investigating different aspects of Planned Parenthood’s grisly abortion business and sale of body parts: the Energy & Commerce Committee, the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. Last week, the House passed the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (H.R. 3134) and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 3504). Earlier this year, the House passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act (H.R. 7).