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New Jersey Congressman Chris Smith Reintroduces Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Feb 16, 2021 | 2021 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

WASHINGTON – On Monday, pro-life Republican Congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and 142 members of the House of Representatives reintroduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The legislation would protect unborn children at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

“The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would prevent cruel and excruciating abortions from being performed on innocent children,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “We thank pro-life Congressman Chris Smith and the 142 members of the House who believe that the unborn child should not die painfully and brutally.”

Congressman Chris Smith, co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus, is the lead sponsor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. He said, “We know that by twenty weeks unborn babies killed by abortion experience excruciating suffering and physical pain. The dismemberment abortion—the most common abortion method used during the second trimester—involves cutting and dismembering the child’s fragile body including severing his or her arms and legs.  Until rendered unconscious or dead, the baby feels every cut.”

A new Knights of Columbus/Marist Poll shows that by a 15-point margin (55% to 40%), respondents support banning abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother. This includes not only 69% support among pro-lifers but also 55% among Independents and 45% among those who self-identified as pro-choice.

The text of the legislation can be found here.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.