About the bill
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would ban abortion at 20 weeks and later. The bill includes congressional recognition that an unborn child of 20 weeks has developed pain receptors and responds to painful stimuli as reasoning behind the ban. It creates exceptions in the case of risk of death or permanent injury of the mother, in case of rape, and in the case of incest against a minor. In cases of rape or incest, the rape or incest must be reported to a law enforcement agency prior to the abortion. The woman who the abortion is performed on could not be prosecuted under the act. The bill has been passed by the House.
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2015
Length: 24 pages
114th Congress (2015–2017)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on September 22, 2015.
Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).
186 Cosponsors (183 Republicans, 3 Democrats)
What legislators are saying
“Rep. Kelly Releases Year-End Report for 2015: \"Getting Things Done, Standing on Principle\"”
— Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA16] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 6, 2016
“Latta on Defunding of Planned Parenthood”
— Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 18, 2015
“Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee, On Defunding Womens Health Services and The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36)”
— Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT, 1975-2022] on Sep 22, 2015
Jun 18, 2013
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 1797 (113th).
Jan 6, 2015
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
May 13, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
Sep 22, 2015
Failed Cloture in the Senate
The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.
Oct 3, 2017
Reintroduced Bill — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 36 (115th).
H.R. 36 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.
Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 36. This is the one from the 114th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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