Released by U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which institutes a nationwide ban on abortion of unborn children 20 weeks after fertilization. Chairman Hensarling is a co-sponsor of the legislation.

“As humans and as a people, we have no greater responsibility than to care for the vulnerable—to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves and a defender of those who cannot fight for themselves.
“I, like all Americans, was disgusted to learn of the horrific and illegal abortion procedures performed by Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell preyed upon women who trusted him in their most vulnerable moments and systematically murdered children at their most helpless stage. We must protect women from these atrocious and unsafe abortions, and we must save children from these excruciating deaths.
“In the grand jury report on the Gosnell trial, a neonatal expert reported that the cutting of a baby’s spinal cord during a late-term abortion causes them, ‘a tremendous amount of pain.’ Furthermore, according to a report by fetal pain expert Dr. Kanwaljeet S. Anand, ‘the human fetus possesses the ability to experience pain from 20 weeks of gestation, if not earlier, and the pain perceived by a fetus is possibly more intense than that perceived by term newborns or older children.’
“By banning abortion after 20 weeks, today’s bill will save the lives of innocent children from enduring the excruciatingly painful death of a late abortion.”