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Cole Supports Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

June 18, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) issued the following statement after supporting H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This legislation would ban abortions on pregnancies at 20 weeks gestation or later, at which time medical research has proven unborn children feel pain when aborted.

“After the recent trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, we are still shaken by the horrors surrounding the abortion industry, especially in late-term pregnancies,” said Cole. “For the first time, many unsuspecting individuals were uncomfortably introduced to appalling practices and procedures carried out regularly by abortionists in the name of women’s reproductive rights. These are images that will not go away or get easier to view with time. This is the reality of a crooked, horrific industry that endangers women and kills unborn children.

“I am pleased that my House colleagues joined together today to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which places a ban on abortions at 20 weeks or later. Through this legislation, we can prevent others like Gosnell from performing unsafe abortions and inflicting unnecessary, undeserved pain upon unborn children.”