Rutherford Votes to Protect the Sanctity of Life

October 3, 2017
Press Release

Today, Rep. John Rutherford voted in support of H.R. 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which passed the House on a 237-189 vote. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act restricts abortions beyond 20 weeks fertilization, the gestational age when unborn children begin to feel pain. Specifically, H.R. 36 establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark, with exceptions for saving the life of the mother or for cases of rape or incest.

Congressman John Rutherford said, “Today, I was proud to cast a vote in favor of life. Forty-four years ago, the Supreme Court stripped away protections for unborn children, and since then nearly 60 million precious lives have been killed through abortion. The United States is one of only seven countries worldwide who allow elective abortions after 20 weeks; we should lead when it comes to life. Abortion is violence against children, and with today's vote we are taking action to save lives and shield unborn babies from a horribly painful death."

Science has proven that unborn children at 20 weeks are capable of feeling pain, yet thousands of these babies are killed each year in violent late-term abortions. To protect these unborn children from this horrific procedure, Rep. Trent Franks introduced H.R. 36 and Rep. John Rutherford cosponsored the bill.