Washington, D.C. – House Judiciary  Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte today issued the following statement in response to the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act:

Chairman Goodlatte: “I am extremely disappointed that Senate Democrats continue to put politics before human lives. This bill should not be controversial: scientific evidence supports the conclusion that children are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks post-fertilization, and a majority of Americans support a limit on abortions after this time. To defeat this legislation is to ignore the cries of the most vulnerable members of our society. Despite this setback, I remain committed to continue to work to protect these innocent lives.”

Background: 

In 2017, the House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Actalso known as “Micah’s Law.” Chairman Goodlatte also authored an op-ed in support of this bill to protect babies from late-term abortions.

The House also passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act in 2018.