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Roe Supports the Sanctity of Life

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Washington, October 3, 2017 | Lani Short (202-225-6356) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. H.R. 36 restricts abortions from being performed 20 weeks or more after fertilization, and establishes criminal penalties for any person who performs or attempts an abortion on a fetus after the 20-week mark. This bill permits exceptions to save the life of the mother, or in cases of rape or incest.

Video of Roe’s remarks can be viewed here or by clicking the window below.


Roe’s statement as prepared for delivery:  

Mr. Speaker, as a proud cosponsor, I rise today in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

Before coming to Congress, I worked as an OB/GYN for over 30 years, where I had the tremendous privilege to see life at all stages of development. Today, technology like the 3-D ultrasound has given us a window that miracle that shows the unborn child as a living, feeling human being. Due to medical advancements, premature babies are surviving and thriving after being born earlier and earlier, including babies born at or before the 20-week cutoff put in place by this bill.

I can give you case after case. I watched these children grow up in my hometown.

As a physician who has delivered almost 5,000 babies, it is unconscionable to me that our government allows innocent lives capable of feeling pain to be terminated. It is our responsibility as legislators to stand up and protect these lives who do not have a voice. This bill is an important step towards that goal, and I vote for life. 
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