HLI Applauds Passing of Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

House Resolution 36 Passes the House of Representatives

Human Life International (HLI) celebrates the action taken by the House in passing H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, late yesterday. President of HLI, Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, commented: “HLI affirms the protection of every life from the moment of conception. We applaud the House for taking this crucial step in protecting human life and urge the Senate to pass the legislation. It is regrettable that abortion laws are largely voted on party lines, for this is not a partisan issue, but one of basic humanity. The unborn child is a human person and must be defended. Though we are grateful for this legislation, we must continue to work so that all abortions are banned by the law and every unborn child, from the moment of conception, is recognized and given protection.”

Vote Marks 2-Year Conviction of Infamous Abortionist Kermit Gosnell

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Medical rendering of child at 20 weeks’ gestation

Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is in prison after aborting thousands of unborn babies, because he killed three babies after birth and one woman who came to his clinic for an abortion. Because it is widely established babies feel pain at 20 weeks and are even viable outside the womb, HLI agrees severe penalties would and should be successfully enacted on those performing late term abortions. Should the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act pass the Senate, President Trump has already promised to sign the bill into law. Unbelievably, 184 members of House actually voted against the bill, largely along party lines, but not enough to beat the 242 voting in its favor. Fr. Shenan J. Boquet: “We are fighting for Truth. There is no compromise when it comes to human life, to allow one person’s life to become more important than another. Every person, from the moment of conception, has inherent dignity, which no one has the right to violate. Abortion is a crime against human life and must be ended. I am grateful to those who defended the most vulnerable of our society.”

20-Week Unborn Babies Are Viable and Already Feel Pain

The number of babies saved, were the legislation to pass, have estimates ranging to 18,000. According to Catholic News Agency, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona), stated: “More than 18,000 late-term, pain capable unborn babies were torturously killed without anesthesia in America in just the last year. It is the worst human rights atrocity in the history of the United States of America.” Reportedly Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chair of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, also asked Congress to support the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill.

LifeNews quoted Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin): “If you stand with the defenseless, with the voiceless, you have to stand with little babies. Don’t talk to me about cruelty in our bill — when you look at little babies being dismembered, feeling excruciating pain, if we can’t stand to defend these children, what do we stand for in this institution?”  Congressman Duffy is the 10th of 11 children and has 8 children of his own with his wife, Rachel. For more of his remarks, see his address on Youtube

In actuality, some medical experts state fetal pain begins even earlier, at 14 weeks’ gestation, maybe even as early as 8 weeks. Yet currently the United States is one of only 7 nations worldwide that allows abortions up to birth.


Human Life International is the world’s largest pro-life organization. Founded by Fr. Paul Marx nearly fifty years ago, our organization, currently led by Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, is present in 159 nations around the globe. As a Catholic educational apostolate, HLI is faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and works in collaboration with Vatican curial offices and Catholic dioceses around the world. More information can be found at www.hli.org.

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