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Buck Votes to End Late Term Abortions

May 14, 2015
Press Release


CONTACT: Katherine Rosario, 202-226-8414

Washington – The House of Representatives Wednesday approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) by a vote of 242-184, which would ban abortions, with limited exceptions, in the United States after 20 weeks post fertilization.  Congressman Ken Buck (R-CO) voted for the bill and released the following statement:

“We are one of only seven nations in the world – on a list that includes known human rights abusers China, North Korea, and Singapore – that still allows late term abortions.  These innocent unborn babies deserve our protection,” said Congressman Buck.

According to a November 2014 Quinnipiac University Poll, 60 percent of Americans – including 56 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats – support legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of rape and incest that are reported to authorities.  At 20 weeks gestation, or five months of pregnancy, infants in the womb are capable of feeling excruciating pain.  Current federal policy permits some doctors to treat these unborn infants as patients and to perform prenatal surgery on them while providing them anesthetics. Current law also permits abortion on request up to nine months of pregnancy. The only other nations in the world that legally permit late term abortions are China, North Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands.