H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, would bar
post-20-week abortions except in cases of reported rape or incest or where a
pregnancy poses a physical threat to the mother’s life. In the last
Congress, the bill was numbered H.R. 1797.
A companion bill is expected to be introduced in the U.S. Senate.
The bill, sponsored by Representatives Trent Franks (AZ-8) and Marsha
Blackburn (TN-7), is based on scientific research showing that unborn babies
are capable of feeling pain at 20 weeks of development.
A prior version of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was adopted
by the House of Representatives in 2014, but never received a vote in the
1-6-15 H.R. 36 introduced in the House of Representatives.
1-6-15 Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
1-22-15 Referred to the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the
Constitution and Civil Justice.
5-12-15 Rules Committee approves H.R. 36 for House floor consideration.
5-13-15 House voted 242-184 to pass H.R. 36. A record of the roll call vote
is available at http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/roll223.xml
5-14-15 H.R. 36 received in the Senate.
9-22-15 Senate voted 54-42 to invoke cloture (i.e. close debate), thus
falling six votes short to bring H.R. 36 to the floor for consideration.