Rep. Kelly Calls on Congress to Defend Pain-Capable Unborn Children

Oct 3, 2017 Issues: Abortion

US currently 1 of only 7 countries to permit elective abortion

after 5 months — others include China, North Korea, Vietnam


WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (also known as “Micah’s Law”), which will ban almost all abortions from being performed beyond the 20th week of a pregnancy, when the unborn child is able to feel pain, with an exception for instances of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake. The legislation, of which Rep. Kelly is a co-sponsor, is expected to be passed by the House this evening.

Excerpt of Rep. Kelly’s floor speech:

“I would like you to consider today’s legislation…as we are ‘first responders.’ … There is no other nation in the world like the American people who respond when other people are in trouble, when they are suffering, when they are in pain, when their lives are in danger. And yet we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to what we are doing to these children. These are little boys and little girls waiting to be born. If we do not stand for them, then who will stand for them? If we are not the first responders, then who will be the first responders? [Let us] go beyond the hypocrisy of a political statement and go about the reason we’re here: it’s the People’s House because we defend those people. Let us be the first responders when it comes to pain and suffering. Let us pass this bill and stop this inhuman activity that we’re doing.”

NOTE: More information about H.R. 36 can be read here, here, here, and here.