Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also known as “Micah’s Law.” House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has issued the following statement:

Chairman Goodlatte: “Now that scientific research has shown that unborn children at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain, we can no longer ignore the suffering brought on by late-term abortions. I am pleased that the House of Representatives has responded to protect these vulnerable children from the violence of abortion. This bill reflects the latest information from the scientific community, and demonstrates compassion for the unborn and a commitment to promoting life.

“I commend my colleague, House Judiciary Committee member Trent Franks, for his relentless advocacy on behalf of the unborn, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass H.R. 36 quickly so the President can sign it into law.”


Science has shown that unborn children of 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain. Yet thousands of these babies are killed each year in violent late-term abortions. To protect these unborn children from this horrific procedure, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz) has introduced H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017.

H.R. 36 restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. Specifically, this bill establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark. In addition, this bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest.