Barletta Statement Regarding Pain-Capable Abortion Bill

May 13, 2015
Press Release
Legislation Prevents Abortion of Unborn Children Who Feel Pain at Five Months

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta, PA-11, today released a statement in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits the abortion of unborn children after five months – the point at which science has determined that they can feel pain.  Barletta was recuperating from surgery to insert a stent into an artery near his heart and was unable to be present for the vote.  Barletta is a cosponsor of H.R. 36, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 242-to-184, with one member voting present. 

Barletta’s statement is as follows:

“As a father and grandfather, and someone who wholeheartedly believes in the sanctity and dignity of life, I strongly support this legislation.  We are talking about babies who are far enough along in their development that many parents are already deciding on names.  Science tells us that at five months, the babies feel pain.  This legislation is justified and necessary in a moral and civil society.   

“I also note that the passage of this legislation appropriately comes during the week that marks the two-year anniversary of the conviction of former Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.   He was found guilty of dozens of late-term abortion-related crimes, including infanticide and the involuntary manslaughter of a patient.  The horrors inflicted on the innocent should never be forgotten.”