FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director
NEBRASKA RIGHT TO LIFE THANKS SENATORS FISCHER & JOHANNS FOR CO-SPONSORING 20 WEEK ABORTION BAN IN U.S. SENATE
LINCOLN—Today U.S. Senators Deb Fischer and Mike Johanns joined Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) in co-sponsoring the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (PCUCPA) in the U.S. Senate. This legislation is patterned after the law passed by the Nebraska Legislature in 2010 which bans abortion at 20 weeks gestation based upon an unborn child’s ability to feel pain.
“We are pleased that both U.S. Senators from Nebraska have co-sponsored this legislation.” said Julie Schmit-Albin, Executive Director of Nebraska Right to Life. “It is only fitting that Senator Fischer and Senator Johanns co-sponsor the innovative bill that got its start in Nebraska and has since become a model for the nation.”
Ten States have passed a version of the PCUCPA and the U.S. House of Representatives passed it last summer.
Nebraska’s law, enacted in October, 2010, has never been legally challenged by abortion opponents. The legislation creates another standard for abortion based upon medical documentation that unborn children feel pain by at least 20 weeks’ gestation.
“The Nebraska pain ban sent Bellevue abortionist LeRoy Carhart packing to Maryland with his late term abortion business and has resulted in a decrease in surgical abortions in Nebraska.” said Schmit-Albin.
“Anesthesia is given to babies for fetal surgery at 20 weeks. It only makes sense that our laws acknowledge the advancements in medical technology and not remain stuck in 1973 when Roe v. Wade was decided before the advent of ultrasound and a window into the womb.” said Schmit-Albin.