Hultgren Supports Micah’s Law to Stop Abortions of Babies Who Can Feel Pain
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today supported passage of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, H.R. 36, which outlaws abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, the point at which science confirms an unborn child can feel pain. Rep. Hultgren delivered a floor statement in support “Micah’s Law” named after Micah Pickering who was born prematurely at 20 weeks and was able to survive and thrive after spending more than four months in the neonatal intensive care unit. He is now in kindergarten.
Following are Rep. Hultgren’s prepared remarks:
I rise today in support of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
Multiple scientific studies indicate that by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child’s brain and nervous system have developed sufficiently for that child to feel pain.
The United States stands among only a handful of nations that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks.
It should pain us all that we fall into the same camp as North Korea and China.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will moderate our extreme position and ensure we protect the most vulnerable—like Micah Pickering, a lively five-year-old I met last week.
Micah was born prematurely at the same age children would be protected under H.R. 36.
Micah was able to survive and thrive after spending more than four months in the neonatal intensive care unit.
He is now in kindergarten, and I found out when talking to him that we share a love of Legos.
The bottom line is this: 20 weeks is halfway through a pregnancy.
It’s too late to end the life of an unborn baby.
It violates what Americans want, it violates science, and it violates our country’s most enduring values.
I urge passage of Micah’s Law, H.R. 36.