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Hearings Begin on Ohio Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

by | Jun 11, 2015

60 Percent of Americans Support Protections for Pain-Capable Babies

Editpage2Editor’s note. This was provided by Ohio Right to Life, NRLC’s state affiliate.

COLUMBUS, Ohio—On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard sponsor testimony on Ohio Right to Life’s premier legislation for 2015, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.B. 127). This legislation prohibits abortions in Ohio at the point at which pre-born babies can feel pain, which starts no later than 20 weeks. The legislation is sponsored by Senators Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Jay Hottinger (R-Newark). Between the House and Senate, thirty-three legislators signed on as co-sponsors of the legislation.

“With Kermit Gosnell’s House of Horrors marked indelibly on the collective American conscience, it’s no wonder there’s a groundswell of support for legislation that protects 5-month pre-born babies from the pain of being dismembered,” said Stephanie Ranade Krider, executive director of Ohio Right to Life. “The passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will chronicle the end of late-term abortion-on-demand in Ohio, bringing us in line with the rest of the developed world.”

In November 2014, The Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60% of Americans would support prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks, while only 33% opposed such legislation. Women voters strongly support such a law by 59-35%, while independent voters supported it by 56-36%.

Last month, the U.S. of Representatives passed similar legislation under Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

[Editor’s note. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate today.]

Categories: Legislation