Brooks Votes to Protect the Unborn and Defend Life
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions if the unborn child is 20 weeks of age or older. Scientific studies into the neurological development of babies have demonstrated that, at the 20-week mark, an unborn child can hear music, feel pain, and survive outside its mother’s womb. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions past 20 weeks. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill, if enacted, would save thousands of lives each year. The bill passed the House by a vote of 237-189.
Congressman Brooks stated, “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also known as Micah’s Law, protects unborn children from gruesome late-term abortions. Micah’s Law is named after Micah Pickering from Iowa City, Iowa, who was born prematurely at 22 weeks and is now living a healthy, normal life.”
Congressman Brooks continued, “The 20-week cut-off date in this legislation is important for two reasons. First, although challenging, a 20-week old unborn child can survive outside its mother’s womb. Second, the scientific evidence conclusively establishes that a 20-week old unborn child feels pain if it is cut apart and aborted. Micah’s Law gives more children like Micah Pickering the opportunity to experience life and ends the barbaric practice of painfully killing unborn children who, if given the chance, can live a healthy life outside a mother's womb.”