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Cardinal calls for passage of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

January 22, 2015

Citing the Kermit Gosnell case, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, called upon Congress to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The measure would outlaw most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

“We hold that every child, at every moment of existence, deserves love and the protection of the law,” he said. “The proposed ban on abortions at 20 weeks after fertilization is a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as ‘pro-life’ and as ‘pro-choice.’”

The House of Representative had planned to debate the bill on January 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, but House leadership delayed the debate after determining the measure might not pass, the Associated Press reported.

 
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