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Congressman Ken Buck

Representing the 4th District of Colorado

Ken Buck Votes to Protect Unborn Children

October 3, 2017
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kyle Huwa, 202-225-4676

Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ken Buck (CO-04) voted to protect unborn children across America by supporting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This important pro-life legislation prevents children 20 weeks and older from being electively aborted.

“Science shows us that unborn children not only experience pain but also may have a chance to survive if born at 20 weeks,” Congressman Ken Buck stated. “We have a responsibility to the unborn babies, our families, our communities, and humanity to end the injustice of late-term abortion.”

Scientific research increasingly shows that unborn children can feel pain at 20 weeks post-fertilization, and anesthesiologists routinely apply pain medication to unborn babies when performing prenatal surgery. Studies indicate that unborn children often react to noxious stimuli in a way that implies a pain response. Additionally, a quarter of babies born prematurely, as early as 20 weeks after fertilization, are now surviving with proper medical care. H.R. 36 calls on America to recognize that abortions after 20 weeks amount to ending the life of a child who can feel pain and could survive outside the womb.

Multiple polls show that a majority of Americans agree with placing limitations on abortion after the 20-week mark. America remains one of only seven nations in the world, alongside China and North Korea, to still allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.

H.R. 36 will next be considered by the Senate.