WASHINGTON—Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair ofthe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-LifeActivities called the Senate's failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn ChildProtection Act "appalling". The bill proposes to ban abortions starting at 20weeks after fertilization.
"TheU.S. Senate's failure to adopt the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,prohibiting abortions at 20 weeks post-fertilization, is appalling. Abortionsperformed in the second half of pregnancy usually involve brutally dismemberinga defenseless unborn child, while also posing serious dangers to his or hermother. The Senate's rejection of this common-sense legislation is radicallyout of step with most Americans. Opinion polls consistently show that a strongmajority of the public opposes late-term abortions—including those whoself-identify as 'pro-choice'. Furthermore, the United States is currently oneof only seven countries that allows abortions beyond 20-weeks. The other sixare North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada and the Netherlands. TheSenate must rethink its extreme stance on late-term abortions. I call upon thepublic to tell the Senate that this vote is absolutely unacceptable."
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