Catholic Bishops’ Pro-Life Chairman Calls Senate Failure to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “Appalling”

January 29, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

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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