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H.R. 36 (115th): Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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About the bill

Next week, the House will vote the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

It’s passed the House in both of the past two sessions of Congress, but now with complete Republican control of Congress and the presidency, the bill’s odds of passage seem higher than ever.

What the bill does

The legislation, would criminalize the performing of an abortion once the fetus is 20 weeks, the approximate point at which advocates estimate a fetus can begin to feel pain.

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Sponsor and status

Trent Franks

Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 4, 2017
Length: 24 pages
Introduced
Jan 3, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on October 3, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

See Instead

S. 2311 (same title)
Failed Cloture — Jan 29, 2018

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Rep. Kelly Releases Annual Report for 2017
    — Rep. Mike Kelly [R-PA16] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 8, 2018

Protecting the Unborn
    — Rep. Sam Graves [R-MO6] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 4, 2017

Pro-Choice Leaders Condemn Extreme Republican Bill That Would Ban Abortion after Six Weeks
    — Rep. Louise Slaughter [D-NY25, 2013-2018] on Nov 1, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

Institute for Spending Reform SpendingTracker.org estimates H.R. 36 will add $175 million in new spending through 2027.

History

Jan 3, 2017
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Oct 3, 2017
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 36 (115th) 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.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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