Rep. Kelly Supports Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Jun 18, 2013 Issues: Abortion

WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in support of H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would institute a nationwide prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited exceptions, when the unborn child is able to feel pain. This legislation was primarily crafted in response to the horrific crimes committed by Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

“The unspeakable atrocities committed in Philadelphia reminded our entire nation of what can occur when we neglect our duty to protect the most defenseless among us. Such hideous barbarism has no place in our decent society and deserved the nationwide outrage that it generated — outrage that appropriately cut across all political and ideological lines. But words alone are not sufficient to prevent this sort of violence from ever being repeated. Frankly, all of our denouncements will ring utterly hollow if we do not back up our words of rightful condemnation with intelligent, meaningful action. As a republic founded on the notion of the inherent right to life of every human being, we have an abiding responsibility to ensure that the innocent and most vulnerable are adequately protected from the gravest and most appalling of injustices, especially murder. That is what today’s legislation seeks to accomplish and I am proud to grant it my complete support.”