Pass H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection act amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion if the probable post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.
A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
The bill provides exceptions for an abortion: (1) that is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, or (2) when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. A physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion under an exception must comply with specified requirements.
A woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted for violating or conspiring to violate the provisions of this bill.
Identical language passed the House of Representatives in 2015 by a vote of 242 to 184.
The United States continues to be one of only seven countries to allow elective abortions at this late stage in a pregnancy.