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pain. h.r. 36 is humane legislation for innocent babies and for mothers. it includes exceptions for the life of the mother and exceptions in the case of rape and incest. additionally this bill imposes criminal liability only on the medical professional performing that abortion, not on the mother. mr. speaker, there is broad consensus within the medical community. babies at five months in the womb are not only able to feel pain, they can hear music, they can even respond to human voices. america is one of only seven countries in the world that still allows elective late-term abortions, joining north korea and china. today, we understand so much more about a baby's development during a pregnancy. voluntarily terminating the life of an innocent baby when we know that baby can feel pain can no longer be acceptable. and a majority of americans agree.
heart and -- hearts and minds are changing. how many of vuss marveled at the ivid sonogram images of a soon -to-be-born soon, niece or grandchild. how many of us have been amazed or grateful that babies born early, as early as 0 weeks have a very real chance of survival? mr. speaker survival? mr. speaker this bill reflects today's medical understanding about a baby's ability to feel pain. micah's law reflects those changing hearts and minds of americans. micah's law reflects the higher aspirations of this nation a truly moral nation, to foster a culture of life. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 36 and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time is reserved. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. .
mr. conyers: i want to begin my remarks by extending my condolences to the family and friends of the 59 individuals killed in the shooting in las vegas and i express my best hopes for the recovery of more than 500 persons that were injured. this congress has a responsibility to find a way to prevent tragedies like this as well as the daily incidence of gun violence in our communities. but instead of considering legislation to prevent gun violence, the house is spending today pushing a 20-week abortion ban that will disproportionately hurt women and families who face some of the most medley complex situations imaginable.
and so it's with great pleasure , because n to h.r. 36 this is a dangerous and far-reaching attack on a woman's constitutional right to choose whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. roe versus wade basic holding is that the woman has a constitutional right to have an ortion prior to the fetus' viability which is considered to be around 24 weeks from fertilization. pre-viability abortions, h.r. 36 is a direct challenge to roe. another serious flaw in my view
its narrow rape constriction misconstruse the difficult challenges that survivors of sexual assault face and the very real reasons why a rape or increst may go unreported. by requiring that a rape or incease survivor provide documentation to corroborate her statement that she rass raped, the bill's sponsors seem to be saying that maybe women cannot be trusted to tell the truth about sexual assault and they certainly cannot be trusted to make their own private health care decisions. to so, i urge my colleagues oppose this dangerous and
mean-spirited legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handel: i yield to the the gentleman from virginia for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: since the supreme court's decision in roe versus wade, medical knowledge regarding the development of unborn babies and their capacities at various stamings of growth has advanced dramatically. to give you a sense of how much technology has advanced, the issue of the "new york times" announcing the roe versus wade decision in 1973 contained ads for the latest in technology including a computer the size of a file cabinet that you could represent for $3,000 a month that only had a fraction,
thousands of the memory of the modern cell phone and basic am radio that was as big as your hand. at the time there was nothing like the detailed images of unborn children that are commonly celebrated on social media today. 35 years later -- actually close ultrasound, ter, the same paper reported on the pain experienced by unborn children by a pediatrician who held an appointment at harvard medical school. as the doctor testifiedf the fetus is beyond 20 weeks of gestation, i assume there will be pain caused to the fetus and i believe it will be severe and excruciating pain. congress has the power and responsibility to acknowledge these developments in our understanding of unborn children
feeling pain prohibiting bortion after 20 weeks which scientific evidence shows the unborn can experience suffering. in fact, the nonpartisan congressional budget office is so confident that this bill would save lives that it took the rare step of estimating the number of lives that would be saved if this bill is enacted. the c.b.o. conservatively estimates that this bill would save over 2,000 lives each year giving america the gift of thousands more children with all the wonder address the house human gifts they will bring to the world in so many amazing forms for generations to come. i thank trent franks for introducing this vital legislation. i urge my colleagues to support this bill, both on behalf of unborn children and on behalf of the voters you represent who
overwhelmingly support this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia reserves and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from tennessee, the honorable, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for -- mr. conyers: for three minutes. mr. cohen: i appreciate the time to speak on this important subject. while it's important, it's embarrassing somewhat to us. as i listen to the other side, first thing that the chairman does over here is he shows a "new york times" ad and because of the "new york times" ad at the time of roe v. wade he suggested we overturn roe v. wade. in 1791, the second amendment was adopted and we had pistols and guns that you could shoot one bullet at a time. and yesterday we had a man in las vegas with guns that could
da, da, da. if you get me an ad from 1791, those weapons were not in that ad. but do they talk about changing the second amendment and protecting americans from that type of violence? no. they come here and talk about protecting the unborn forgetting the rights of women, guaranteed them by roe v. wade, the law of the land that says viability comes at 24 weeks. and they talk about what they say are medical experts who come substantial body of medical evidence. what they don't tell you is the congress of obstetricians and gine coalitionists are against this bill. there is no group or medical society in this country that is for this bill. but they know more about
medicine and pain for the unborn than do the doctors and the scienceists, but they bring an unconstitutional bill. a bill that the c.b.o. estimates will cost us from $65 million to $335 million. their concern for the budget goes out the window. this goes back to the rules' committee on this bill. we were told it's popular and the polls show that the people want this. this has had no hearing in the judiciary committee or markup. that's called regular order, something we were promised by the speaker, a new day in congress. we were going to have opportunities for both sides to debate, the kind of things john mccain, a great american hero, sees as wrong in the senate, which is just as wrong in the house. two sides coming together to debate, to vote, to amend, to discuss.
no, it comes straight to the floor because it is politically popular, more popular this week than having a bill to allow for silencers for weapons, which was going to be the bill of the day this week. but it was pulled and instead we have this unconstitutional law that flies in the face of roe v. wade and takes rights away from women and treats them without exceptions to make a law concerning rape and incease. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. conyers: 30 more seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: bottom line is, this bill is unconstitutional, attack on women's rights and attack on the constitution and should be looking at changes in our laws about guns and violence, at least mental health, something to respond to what happened in las vegas instead of another moment of silence.
i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan reserves and the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handel: i recognize the gentleman from arizona for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for five minutes. mr. franks: thank you, madam speaker. for the sake of all of those who founded this nation and dreamed of what america could someday be and for the sake of all of those since then who have died in darkness so all of us americans can walk in the light of freedom in this moment. it is very important that those of us privileged to be in the house of representatives, pause and remind ourselves why we are here. thomas jefferson, whose words marked the beginning of this nation said, the care of human life and its happiness and not its destruction is the chief and only object of good governance.
the phrase of the fifth amendment talks about our entire constitution and says no person shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. and the 14th amendment says no state shall denny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. mr. speaker, protecting the lives of all innocent americans and their constitutional rights is why we are really all here. and yet today, madam speaker, a great and tragic shadow looms over america. ore than 18,000 very late-term abortions are occurring every year placing mother at risk and subjecting their pain-capable unborn babies to death. without any protections, this in the land of the free and home of
the brave, it is the greatest atrocity in the united states today. almost every other major civilized nation on earth protects pain-capable unborn babies at this age and every credible poll of the american people shows they are overwhelmingly in favor of protecting them. e have given these combeabs -- babies less protection. it seems like we are never quite so eloquent as we decry the crimes of a past generation and how is it we are so staggering blind when it comes to rejecting the worst atrocities in our own time? but today, madam speaker, i'm especially thankful because the winds of change are now beginning to blow and the tide of blindness and blood is timely turning. there is a new leader in the
white house and deeply committed to protecting the least of these our little brothers and sisters. today we are poised to pass the pain-capable unborn child protection act in this chamber and no matter how it is shouted down, distractions, twisting of words or changing the subjects, the abortion industry hurls at its supporters. this bill a sincere effort beginning at the 6th month of pregnancy to protect mothers and unborn children. and it is a bill all humane americans will support if they truly understand it for themselves. madam speaker, this will be a vote that all of us will remember for the rest of our lives. and it will be a time now for the u.s. senate to find the courage and humanity to take a
stand for these, the most helpless. the senate's action will be nnals of d in the a history. passing this bill shouldn't be so hard because in spite of all the political noise protecting little pain-capable unborn children and their mothers is not a republican issue or a democrat issue, but a test of our basic humanity and who we are as a human family. so it's time for the members of the u.s. house and u.s. senate to open our eyes and our souls and remember that protecting those who cannot protect themselves is why we are really are really all here and it's time for all of us as americans, to open our eyes and hearts to the humanity of these little pain-capable children of god and
what is being done to them. with that, madam speaker, i yield. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, apal, she has ay allowed ms. degette of colorado, the co-chair of the pro-choice caucus, proceed in one of her for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. degette: thank you very much, madam speaker. thanks to the chairman and also ms. jayapal for allowing me to speak. chris and bridgette's story. bridgette was pregnant for their very much second wanted child but after the 21th week they were stunned to learn that the brain stem was not attached
and if the baby was not survived, the newborn would likely die within hours. doctors told the family if they wanted more children it would be a good idea to end the pregnancy. and so after consulting with their minister, they decided to do so. the happy ending is that a year or so later, another child was born and she's happy and healthy today. you know, as co-chair of the pro-choice caucus, i know that difficult situations, circumstances always surround these highly personal decisions and i don't think that the u.s. congress is the body that should impose their opinion. just imagine the horrible choices families would have to make if h.r. 36 became law. 99% of abortions are conducted before the 20-week amount. virtually all the rest are just like this situation. i urge the body to reject this bill and to move on to important issues that are facing the country.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. and the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handle: i recognize the speaker of the house, the gentleman from wisconsin, as much time as the speaker may consume. one minute. ok. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for one minute. the speaker: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and for her leadership. i will say to the last speaker, this affects that 1% that she was referring to. but madam speaker, life is precious. in ways minded in this wonderful and difficult. i rise in support of life and micah's law. i rise in recognition that advancements in technology today both reveal more about the stages of life as well as show us the promise for preserving it. as unpleasant as it may be,
technology reveals something to us about suffering. it now shows us that the unborn can feel pain inside the womb. the science is in and the science is real. at 20 weeks old, ultrasound images reveef that they have pain the same way adults do, they recoil, retract. in cases of abortion, these unborn babies are feeling pain. they suffer. that is really hard to hear and it's really hard to say. but now that we are seeing scientific evidence and proof that these babies are in pain, the question is, what do we do about it? we can't claim ignorance. their pain is no longer invisible to us. we cannot say as a society with a good and upright conscience at we can continue to ignore
it. the pain-capable unborn child protection act, sponsored by our colleague, trent franks, protects these babies by restricting abortions to 20 weeks after fertilization occurs. the point at which science has proven a baby can feel pain. it is easy to turn a blind eye to the pain of others. for a moment you think if we just ignore it will go away and it doesn't exist. but our hearts and our minds are always going to remind us we cannot stop the pain of the world by turning away from it. we must not turn away from the pain of the most vulnerable among us, the ones who have owhere to run to, our humanity shines brightest when we stand up for those who are suffering. when we protect people from pain. so i simply ask my colleagues, i ploy my fellow americans, --
i employ my fellow americans, let's be moved by this suffering and let's also be inspired by life. thank you. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield to the gentlelady from washington, ms. jay apal, a member of the -- jayapal, a member of the judiciary, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jayapal: i strongly urge a no vote on h.r. 36 and i rise today for jeana. jeana who lives in seattle found out at her 20-week ultrasound that the baby had multiple fetal anomalies, both cardiac and brain that were fatal. the baby would either die before birth or within the first few days or weeks of life. jeana decided to end the pregnancy. her constitutional right to make decisions about her own
body. if jeana were in a different state with restrictive laws, she would not have been able to get the evidence-based and compassionate care that she deserved. this important, very personal decision was made between jeana and her doctor. the supreme court has made it clear that it is her right, and yet our republican colleagues continue to try to take that right away from jeana and other women in her position. this bill not only takes health care decisions out of the hands of patients but, madam speaker, it could penalize doctors with up to five years in prison for performing these abortions. this is unconscionable. jeana and all women deserve to have access to care that is comprehensive -- mr. conyers: i yield the gentlelady 130ekds. i had to the gentlelady may resume. ms. jayapal: jeana and all women need health care that is comprehensive and compassionate. on their behalf i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36.
we must stop these bans and support women like jeana to continue to have their constitutional rights and to make decisions about their own bodies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: i yield one minute to my colleague, the gentlewoman from north carolina, chairman of the education and work force committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: i thank my colleague from georgia for her leadership on this issue. madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act. the united states currently stands alongside north korea, china and vietnam as one of only seven countries that allow elective abortions to occur after 20 weeks postfertilization. at this point in their life, unborn babies have a well-developed brain and nervous system as well as pain receptors. this fetal development is observed by surgeons who
routinely see these unborn children react to pain. in fact, doctors administrator anesthesia to these children in the womb during fetal surgeries. i'm proud to support this bill, also known as micah's law, because we must care for these unborn children, not cruelly inflict pain and deny them their inherent dignity by treating them as objects. one day i hope that a cultural life will take hold in the united states and that all children will be protected under the law. however, until that day comes, it remains my solemn duty to stand up for life. regardless of the length of this journey, i'll continue to speak for those who cannot. i urge my colleagues to vote to protect the nation's most vulnerable children and ensure they are not subject to unimaginable pain and to affirm life by voting in favor of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to recognize a senior
member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished florida, mr. deutch, for 1 1/2 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. deutch: i thank my friend, the gentleman from michigan. today i rise for phil and his wife, to tell their story. his wife tried to get pregnant for several years. after fertility treatment, they were thrilled when his wife finally became pregnant with identical twins. sadly, their twins were diagnosed with twin-twin transfusion syndrome, a deadly complication. at week 21 phil and his wife learned the devastating and frightening news that not only would both twins die that without an abortion his wife was at serious risk of suffering a ruptured uterus. the doctor could not perform an abortion because he was affiliated to a catholic
hospital and she could not drive. they went to kansas to terminate their labor by induced labor and delivery. phil and his wife were devastated. after the twins' death, phil participated in a baptism and grieved their loss. and phil wants lawmakers to know that decisions about abortion need to be made with the families and with the best medical information available. as he rightly puts it, there is no one-size-fits-all situation for all pregnancies. placing government limitations on the constitutionally protected health care options of american women and their families will only add to heartache and tragedy to these most-difficult and painful decisions. on behalf of phil and his family, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves, and the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: madam speaker, i
yield one minute to the gentlewoman from washington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i rise to support life. this is about the values that define us as americans. let's see the potential in every life, and that includes the unborn. the micah act is life-affirming legislation that shows compassion for the baby and the mom. 10 years ago i received tough ws that our son had down syndrome, an extra 21st chromeo some. e doctor said it would be -- chromosome. the doctor said it would be a long road ahead. part of being an american is not letting it -- i see cole, a 10-year-old, working his life through fifth grade. he lights up a radio.
people are drawn to him. he plays sports and is in cub scouts. he's living a full life with huge potential. i'm proud to support this legislation that reflects our values and protects the sanctity of life, and i urge my colleagues to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlewoman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to recognize a senior member of the judiciary committee, the distinguished gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, for 1 1/2 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. nadler: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the supreme court held that the woman has a right to terminate to pregnancy prior to viability or to protect the health of the mother. this bill is flatly unconstitutional on boith counts. they have blocked every 20-week ban because 20 weeks is well before the point of viability. further, the bill includes no exception for the health of the
mother. only waiving the ban if a woman's life is at imminent risk and clear violation of a woman's constitutionally rights. the bill places new and cruel restrictions on women accessing abortion after rape and incest. they are proclaiming that 20 week-old fetuses can feel pain, contrary to every reputable researcher in the field. and what about women like danielle who found out in the 29th week of pregnancy that her baby's brain was deformed. and if they were to survive the pregnancy, the baby would live a short and extremely painful life. they faced a heartbreaking decision. should they put them through the pain and suffering of a preg nancy and birth and to allow their baby die and suffer in pain or should they terminate the pregnancy. the constitution guarantees danielle to make the choice between her family and her doctors. it does not grant that to the
politicians in the room. what my husband and i experienced was just so horrible. unless people have walked in my shoes they don't understand. i did what was right for my son and my family and it's no one else's business. on behalf of danielle, i urge my colleagues to vote no on this horrible bill. we must stop the bans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handel: i yield one minute and physician from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. roe: as a proud co-sponsor i rise in support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act. i worked as appear a physician for over 30 years and i had the privilege to see life in all stages of development. today's technology have given a window into that miracle that shows the unborn child as a
living, feeling, human being. due to medical achievements, premature babies are surviving, including babies born at 20 weeks. and i can give you case after case. i have watched these children grow up in my hometown. as a physician who has delivered almost 5,000 babies, it is unconscionable to me that our government allows our government that babies are being terminated. it is our responsibility to stand up and protect these lives who do not have a voice. this bill is an important step toward that goal. and i vote for life. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: i'm pleased to recognize the distinguished entlelady from washington, ms.
delbene for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. delbene: i rise for stephanie from my district and this is her story. stefan knee and her husband were building a family. they had one beautiful daughter when she got pregnant for the second time, a planned and wanted pregnancy. at 20 weeks, her fetus hadal birth defect. she was strongly advised to terminate the pregnancy. stefan knee decided not to carry the pregnancy to term. and told me through tears that her daughter needed her mother and wasn't worth the risk. it is a difficult situation for any family, but it was their decision. h.r. 36 punishes women like stefan knee and takes personal sedical decisions out of family
' hands. on behalf of stephanie, i urge my colleagues to vote know. we must stop the bans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handel: i yield one minute o the gentleman from iowa. r. king: i'm privileged to address the house. this is a powerful piece of legislation and had a lot of hands on to produce good work. the difference in this debate that you hear here, mr. speaker, anecdotes looking for exceptions that might sway the people on the other side. life begins at the moment of
conception. and these little babies that are 20 weeks premature can survive outside the womb and feel pain. and doctors doing surgery on presenting nant mothers give them medication. how can we support a procedure of abortion on demand to end the life of the miracles that we need to put this country in the right condition? 65% of the baby 20 to 22 weeks old survive that are born premature. we know they feel pain. i applaud everyone who has done the work on this. i stand with the entire pro-life movement we have in this country. we have a long ways to go to get to where we need to be. but this is a step in the right direction. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to recognize for one minute the distinguished the
ntleman from virginia, mr. mceachin. mr. mceachin: i rise to share denise's story. she was expecting her third child. until her 20 week scan, all her tests came back perfectly. her family was awaiting a baby boy. son'san revealed that her brain had severe deformities and it was the most painful and devastating day of her life. she spoke to doctors and spoke to her family and sought the guidance of families and professionals. ultimately, she and her husband decided to end the pregnancy. but finding a provider and arranging for the procedure was difficult. there was not a single doctor she could go to.
she is a grieving mother found herself calling hospitals and doctors to access the medical care she needed. she was ultimately able to find a provider in a major city within driving distance. h.r. 36 would have denied her that chance. on behalf of denise and others like her, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the bans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. ms. handel: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from missouri. mrs. hartzler: mr. speaker, today i rise because our family will welcome our first grandchild in the coming months. this is her 17-week ultrasound and i cannot wait to meet her. she is known by her mother julia, where you created my
in-most being you knit me together in my mother's womb. mrs. wagner: this is a gift from god. today we know so much more. we know after three weeks my granddaughter had a heartbeat and after seven weeks she began kicking her mother. by week 12 she could suck her thumb and at week 20, my granddaughter knew the sound of her mother's voice and could feel pain. mr. speaker, i stand for life from conception to natural death, i stand for h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn protection act and on behalf of my granddaughter, i will fight for the day when abortion is not only illegal but it is unthinkable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: thank you, mr. speaker, i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from
north carolina, ms. adams for one minute. ms. adams: i rise for danielle. the doctor had three patients drive from north carolina to washington, d.c., to access patient care. one patient was diagnosed with a syndrome before 20 weeks. edwards syndrome has no treatment and usually fatal. given the 72-hour waiting period in north carolina, the patient would have passed when she could access an abortion. she had to drive six hours for care. north carolina already has an awful 20-week ban. we don't need this ban nationwide. on behalf of the the doctor, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. stop the ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. and gentlelady from georgia is
recognized. ms. handel: i yield to the the gentleman from california. mr. mccarthy: madam speaker, last week i had the pleasure of meeting a young boy meeting micah pickering. he was cute and shy. as young boys oftenr they give me a high-five. play around and run to where everybody had to catch him. now he gave me this bracelet. you see it says, miracles for micah. and you know what? he is a miracle. and he is strong. he was born prematurely at only 20 weeks. he spent the first 128 days of his life in a neonatal intensive care unit. though he could fit in the palm of your hand, his parents
couldn't hold him at first. his skin was so sensitive, the slightest touch could cause micah intensive pain. it didn't matter where he was. if he was in that intensive care unit or if he was still waiting for that expected date to be born, he could feel and he wanted to live. the fact is children at 20 weeks feel pain. science increasingly shows it. he european journal of and theseology describes how it it critical to administer it during fetal procedures. you know, a standard text on human development, patents foundations shows how the basic of nervous systems are formed by
week four. octor ronald russo of boston children's hospital wrote by week 18, children have developed sensory receptors for pain. two independent studies in 2006 used brain scans and shown unborn children respond to pain. these children have noses, eyes and ears. you can hear the heartbeat and feel them move. they are human. the pain-capable unborn child protection act, i like to call it micah's law, is called what it is because children like micah feel pain. those children are strong, just like micah is strong. and those children should be protected. now i have to admit, madam speaker, across the aisle, i do hear beautiful speeches filled with compassion for the voices,
for the senseless and the marginalized. they are trying to speak for those who can't speak for themselves. but what about micah? what about the thousands of others like him the same age he was born? what about the millions who were never given a chance. look into micah's face. i think we all should, and tell me he isn't human. look at him when he was born and tell me that child doesn't have a right to live. we should care for the voiceless, for those who cries of pain are never heard. we should care for the defenseless, for those who will only be saved if we act to protect them. we should care for the marginalized, for those who have their very humanity denied even their noses, eyes, ears and
heartbeat are every movement are a visible testament of their lives. these children need love. their mothers need love. let's not end the pain. these children are suffering, so let's end the pain. these children want to live, so let's end their pain. micah is a beautiful kid. and there are millions of micahs who will never smile. micahs who will never walk, micahs who will never scrape their knees and get into trouble. micahs who will never learn to read, micahs who will never fall in love and have charne of their own, micahs who will never have a chance to tell their mother and father, i love you. we will never know those micahs. our lives are poorer, because
their lives were cut short. but there are more. instead of pain, instead of pain, we should fill them with love. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: ms. january schakowsky, illinois, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from illinois is recognized for one minute. ms. schakowsky: i thank the georgia for yielding. i rise for tory. she and her husband planned their carefully to make sure maternity leave worked with her graduate studies and were thrilled that the plan came together and they were pregnant. at 20 weeks, during a routine ultrasound they were devastated that the fetus carried a rare disorder that either resulted in the death of the infant after
the delivery or a shortened life span wrought with profound disability. the situation was out of control. it was one decision that no parent ever wants to have to make. their decision was agonizing and the pregnancy after 20 weeks, watch their child die or suffer. on behalf of torre, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the ban. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey. mr. smith: a former abortionist testified before congress and described how he and other abortionists actually kill helpless babies. he killed 1200 of them. quote, imagine if you can you are a pro-choice ob-gyn like i was, using a clamp with rows of
teeth, grasp anything you can inside the womb. once you grasp something inside, squeeze on the clamp, set the jaws and pull hard, really hard. you feel something let go and that pops a fully formed leg about six inches long. reach in again and grasp anything again and out pops an arm. reach in again and again and again with the clamp and tear out the spine, the intestines, the heart and the lungs. even if pain wasn't present, madam speaker, dismembering a child is violence against children and it's inhumane. these babies actually suffer excruciating pain. a doctor from northwestern university said we resuscitate patients at 20 weeks. and are able to witness their ex ute row growth. growth.-- utero i can't support limb
detachment. support h.r. 36. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from california, ms. speier, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. speier: thank you to the gentleman. thank, madam speaker. you know, it always -- it's hard for me to understand why our colleagues on the other side of the aisle embrace junk science, whether it's around global warming where 99% of the scientists says yes it's happening. in this case we have the royal college of obstetricians and gynecology from 2010 indicating that connections from the periphery to the cortex is not intact until 24 weeks. the cortex is necessary for pain perception. in 2012, acog, in the journal of medical association,
embraced that statement. so the vast majority of physicians and scientists say there is not pain perception at 20 weeks. but let me talk about dr. jen and sammy. sammy was 17, terrified and pregnant when she went to a clinic, quote-unquote, that ended up being a crisis pregnancy center. the center gave sammy a free private ultrasound which was actually broadcast throughout the clinic for all to see, a violation, i might say, of hipa. when sammy said she wanted to end the pregnancy the center said she would die, get sick or go to hell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized may resume for 30 seconds. ms. speier rethey told sammy it was too late for an abortion. sammy called her mom and flew her to california to see dr. jen. on behalf of dr. jen and sammy, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for one minute. mr. fortenberry: thank you, madam speaker. mattie was an early feminist lecturer from the midwest where i lived and she had to say this about abortion. it's evidence that either by education or circumstances that she, the woman, she has been greatly wrong. in this spirit, madam speaker, i think there's an opportunity here to perhaps bring congress together about -- around a humane proposition that requires thoughtful but necessary reflection on the deepest meanings of pain. we all know pain. but pain teaches us profound lessons about suffering and sacrifice and patience and the redemptive healing possibilities of encountering one another in our vulnerability as humans and
interdependent community. pain is something from which we naturally recoil but it also enables us to build the compassion toward those who are weak and dependent or alone. so madam speaker, in letting our natural impulse to respond to another who is in pain, we can grasp what it means to be truly ourselves, to be truly human and to care deeply about everyone and to really internalize what is at issue here. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from california, ms. lee, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you very much, madam speaker. i rise in opposition to h.r. 36, which is the nationwide 20-week abortion ban. i'd like to share story about lindsey, a woman from california.
lindsey ended her pregnancy after 24 weeks after a devastating diagnosis. when lindsey had her 12-week ultrasound, everything looked completely normal but the picture was different at the 21-week anatomy scan. eir baby had lethal skeletal displacia. she sought out analysis from three others. they agreed her lungs were not developing properlyly and she would not survive. lindsey ended her pregnancy at 24 weeks. she said if i had to carry her to term she would not survive. as her mother it's my right to spare her suffering and that is what i did. the cruel ban on the floor today would only make hees heartwrenching situations worse for families like lindsey's. on behalf of lindsey, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. republicans should stop playing politics with women's lives and focus on the real problems
facing this government and this country and stop interfering in the private lives of women. we must stop this ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. it's difficult to imagine what could be more important than established who is protected under the law, who is not, who is given a chance of life and who is denied it. as technology continues to evolve, the more we can celebrate the ability we have to save a baby at just 20 weeks after conception is truly remarkable. i remember when i first became a nurse some 40 years ago, i vowed to devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care, whether they were born or unborn. i'm still committed to that today. 40 years later the science tells us and after 20 weeks of pregnancy unborn babies are able to feel pain inside the
womb. the pain-capable unborn child protection act protects those who cannot protect themselves when entered a death sentence. madam speaker, there are currently seven countries in the world that allow elective late abortions, countries such as north korea and china. why is the united states on the list of countries characterized as human rights -- attached to those characterized as human rights abusers. children in the womb at this stage should be protected too? we must pass the -- we must pass the pain-capable unborn child protection act to give these unborn children the chance to see the light of day. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, how uch time remains on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan has 11 1/2 minutes. the gentlelady from georgia has
10 1/2 minutes. mr. conyers: thank you very much. i'm pleased now to recognize the gentlelady from massachusetts, representative clark, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized 1 -- is recognized for one minute. ms. clark: i rise for amelia. this is her story. 18 years ago amelia was pregnant with her second child. she was happily married, financially secure and eager to welcome a new baby into her family. after amelia's baby was diagnosed with down syndrome, she was even more determined to raise her baby with love and compassion. imagine her devastation when after a 20-week ultrasound the aby was diagnosed with fetal hydrops and tests determined her baby would not survive to term. she ended her pregnancy rather than have her baby suffer.
she went to boston and had through a wall of picketers that tried to tell her she was a murderer. in the waiting room she heard that same story, no one was carrying a healthy baby. under a 20-week ban, none of these moms could make a decision for their families with their doctors. we would make that decision for them in congress. on behalf of ameal yarks i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the bans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam chair woman. thank you representative handel. i appreciate the time. as a former minister and even as a human being, i believe that every boy and girl is
given with god-given unique talents and abilities, abilities that will make a difference. let me put this this way. i know a young man luke. 4 weeks into his mom's regnancy, her baby boy met the world. he serves in our district office in north carolina. every life is an opportunity. every life is precious. a little earlier we were challenged with the accusation that republicans only are concerned about budget. it goes out the window when it comes to this issue. you know what, you're right. we don't put a price on life. we cherish it. i'm a proud co-sponsor of the pain-capable unborn child protection act and encourage my colleagues to support it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from georgia reserves, and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i from ize the gentlelady
florida, ms. frankel, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: thank you. madam speaker, today i rise for donna. this is her story. she said it was a miracle. at age 41 she was finally pregnant. early blood tests and ultrasound showed a healthy fetus. donna was filled with the joy of an expectant mother. then tragedy struck. her fetus stopped growing at 26 weeks, an ultrasound showed encephley, eet -- a fetus without a brain. madam speaker, this 20-week abortion bill is cruel punishment for women like donna. forcing them to face weeks of agony with no hope for the life that they so wanted. this is a bill that inflicts
pain, not stops it. and i urge my colleagues to vote no. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves. and the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today in strong support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act, also known as micah's law, named after micah pickering. micah was born prematurely at 22 weeks of age. in fact, the same age and exact development that the current despicable policy permits for league, on-demand abortion. micah is a happy kindergartener. micah is living proof we need to pass h.r. 36. congress needs to take this crucial step to ensure the protection of thousands of innocent lives every year. mr. babin: innocent lives just like precious micah.
the scientific evidence is overwhelming. by at least 20 weeks of age, unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during typical abortion procedures. this is both cruel and inhumane. as members of congress, it is our duty and our moral obligation to pass this commonsense legislation. we must protect the most defenseless. enough is enough. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this critical bill to protect the sanctity of every human life. god knows it is time. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i recognize the gentlelady from oregon, ms. bonamici, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. today i rise for eva. an oregon doctor who is one of the compassionate providers, women turn to when facing an unintended or dangerous pregnancy. oregonian voters have
restricted restrictions on abortions. dr. eva provides health care services, including abortions, to women from around the country. one patient was a high school senior who could not get an abortion in her home state. she spent weeks saving every penny so she could buy a plane ticket and pay for the procedure. instead of making women fly across the country, instead of debating this bill, instead of cutting programs like the teen pregnancy prevention program, which my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have one, we should be focus on preventing unintended pregnancies and have comprehensive reproductive care, something the oregon legislature did, when they passed the reproductive health equity act. madam speaker, when abortion is banned, it does not go away. it drives women to unsafe back alies and to dangerous self-induced abortions. we must stop efforts to stand between women and their health care providers.
please vote no on h.r. 36, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. . the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, 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. mr. hultgren: it should pain us all that we fall into the same camp as north korea and china. mrs. handel: this will moderate -- mr. hultgren: this will make sure we protect the most vulnerable like micah pickering, a lively 5-year-old. he 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's 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 pregnant -- pregnancy. it's too late to end the life of an unborn baby. it violate what is americans want. it violates science. and it violates our country's most enduring values. i urge passage of micah's law, h.r. 36. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognize. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to recognize the gentlelady from wisconsin, congresswoman moore, for 1 1/2 minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wisconsin is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. ms. moore: thank you so much, the gentlelady from michigan, and thank you, madam speaker. i rise for a second time today in strident opposition to h.r. 36. this bill is unconstitutional, it's an overt attempt to challenge women's constitutional right to a safe and legal
abortion. you know, it's really disturbing that funding for the children's health insurance program and community health centers has expired. but yet this majority is focusing on doubling down on their crusade against women's health care. let's talk about pain a little bit here. what is especially painful about this bill is that the exception r rape victims, that there's an exception in this bill for rape victims only when they report to law enforcement officials. thus resurrecting the debunk legitimate rape argument. many people can't report rape for a variety of reasons, probably also including the sank moanious social stigma that their congressman or congresswoman would place upon them. so this bill underhandedly revictimizes vulnerable rape
survivors. madam speaker, i'm a survivor of rape. that is painful. this bill is a cruel and ruthless attempt to undermine women and attack our right to govern our bodies. and i urge all of my colleagues to vote against this unconstitutional bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. he gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: i yield one minute to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the gentlelady from georgia reserves. for yielding. i rise today to urge my colleagues to support the pain-capable unborn child protection act. we have a responsibility to defend the most vulnerable in our nation and that's exactly what this legislation does. it protects unborn children from abortion at five month -- at five months. it is truly disheartening that i have to beg many of my colleagues to support a bill like this, when it is scientifically proven that unborn babies feel pain after
five months. premature infants in the nicu are protected from pain. children in the womb should be protected from pain also. i will always fight for the right to life and i believe we have a responsibility to defend all innocent lives. mr. allen: in fact, this is close to home i have four children -- home. i have four children. one son and three daughters. i've had to see both my wife and all of my daughters experience difficult pregnants and make difficult choices. i can't -- pregnancies and make difficult choices. i can't imagine my life without my four children and my 12 beautiful grand chifrpblt every child should be given -- grandchildren. every child should be give an chance at life. we must give a voice to these precious babies who cannot speak for themselves. our nation can and must protect the most vulnerable among us. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. carbajal.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. cash cash thank you, chairman con -- carb carb thank you, chairman con -- mr. carbajal: thank you, chairman conyers. today i rise in support of women everywhere who have relied on access to safe abortion procedures in their lifetime. when katie and her husband found out as newlyweds that katie was pregnant, they were overjoyed. 18 weeks later they discovered that the fetus had multiple severe health problems. including spina bifida and a tethered spinal cord. this news was heartbreaking and katie and her husband made the decision to end the pregnancy at 22 weeks. katie wants lawmakers in washington to know that it is not their right to make this decision for her or other women. she says, it's a horrific situation and until you've been through it, you have no idea and you can't make that decision for someone else.
on behalf of katie, i urge my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 36. we must stop the ban. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from alabama. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong support of h.r. 36, the pain-capable unborn child protection act. it's a long title for a bill, however we're talking about protecting unborn children. as has been obvious here today, it is always difficult to talk about this issue. but when we talk about pain-capable unborn children, we're referring to in particular children who are still in the womb at 20 weeks. mr. aderholt: as it's been pointed out by my colleagues time and time again, scientists have proven that unborn children, even at 20 weeks old, are capable of feeling pain. the goal of this legislation to protect these children by
ensuring that they cannot be aborted. today if a physician performs an in utero surgery on a 20 week old child, the standard protocol for the child is to be treated as a patient, not just a blob of tissue. that child would be given an injection of pain medication before the surgery and this is above and beyond anesthesia given to the mother before the surgery. these babies have demonstrated to medical experts that they respond to painful stimuli. because they flinch and they recoil from sharp objects. madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this legislation when it comes to the floor. do the right thing to protect unborn children. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: thank you. i'm pleased to recognize a senior member on the judiciary committee, ms. jackson lee of texas, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the
gentleman, mr. conyers. i think we can remember the same type of hearings and the same type of legislation many years ago. again denying women their constitutional rights. i can see as clear as i can see you, madam speaker, the women that were sitting and begging us not to undermine them, their doctor and their faith. so i rise today to say, my friends on the other side of the aisle, you've gotten it wrong. there is no mass abortion. there is no-call for mass abortion -- there is no call for mass abortion. the women that are undergoing these procedures are women who have prayed, who have looked to their faith, their doctor and their family. so i oppose this bill because it puts the lives of women at risk, it interferes with women's constitutional guaranteed right of privacy and diverts attention from real problems facing american women. let's re-authorize schip. people are crying about that in
my district. how outrageous. one of the most detestable aspects of this bill is that it would curb access to care for women in the most desperate of circumstances. it is these women who receive the 1.5% of abortions that occur after 20 weeks. what number did i say, 10, 20, 1.5%. and this is not diminishing. the aspect of this. but it is those women who have prayed, they have sought doctors' help and they as well have sought their families' consultation. we're making mockery of these women. these women are not standing on the street corner saying, i want to have an abortion. they have a serious situation like april salazar, at 18 weeks she and her husband found out that her baby had a lethal diagnosis and if she carried the pregnant to term -- pregnancy to term and he was born alive, he would die shortly from
suffocation. not pain of getting him out. he would die. april hoped the news wasn't true. so she requested more tests to confirm the diagnosis, which took two weeks. at 21 weeks she had an abortion. this bill would have stopped april. mr. conyers: 30 seconds additional. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. jackson lee: this would have stopped april, her husband, her family, her god and her doctor from making the decision. even the exceptions are bogus. because you frighten these women. and the idea of jerry or jenny in my home state, where they had a two-day waiting period, listening to a mondaytory script about abortion and sign-off from two separate doctors. once you start this, you're taking it away from women who have sought their faith leader, their doctor and their family. this is a bad bill. we need to do some important things. and i would hope with the carnage of las vegas, to save lives we would ban assault weapons and we would not have
that gentleman have 42 guns in his home and moice session. that's what we need to fight to save lives. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan reserves -- the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from kansas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, -- thank you, madam speaker. over the past 25 years i've had the privilege of delivering over 5,000 babies. i'm absolutely convinced that babies can feel pain at 14 weeks, at 16 weeks. they can recognize their mom's voice, their brother's voice and their sister's voice. mr. marshall: once or twice a year i've been in that delivery room, being forced to deliver a very premature baby at 22, 24 weeks. we're doing everything we can to save the life of that baby. calling in pediatricians and anesthesia people, doing everything possible. how can we live in a world where we're trying to say that baby's life -- save that baby's life in
one room and down the road there are people killing that baby, tearing it apart limb by limb, decapitating it? what type of world do we live in these days? how can both of those situations exist in this same country? we have to ban these late-term abortions. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the gentlelady. thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of the pain-capable unborn child act. our nation has long recognized that we are all endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights. chief among them is the right to
life. i am unapologetically pro-life. mr. messer: because all human life has dignity and should be protected. especially the lives of defenseless unborn children. today the house is taking a critical but seemingly uncontroversial step forward in protecting life. by prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. or put another way, when unborn children can feel pain. currently the united states is one of only seven countries worldwide, including north korea, that still allows late-term abortions. this bill would end these horrific procedures. i pray that one day our nation will protect all unborn children . this important bill is a big step forward toward that goal. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan.
mr. conyers: i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: thank you, thank you. today i rise for dr. erica of new york. this is her story. her parent -- her patient was raped by an unknown assailant. she desperately wanted to have her child but felt guilt, shame and isolation after being raped. she ultimately decided to continue the pregnancy and believed it would help her grieve and grasp onto something positive after such a traumatic experience. but then the patient went for a scan at 20 weeks and was devastated to learn that the fetus had multiple lethal anomalies. this patient had to face yet another agonizing decision and ultimately she decided end to the pregnancy. thankfully dr. erica was able to help this patient through the most difficult time in her life. and i want to share her words. quote, as a physician it is my job to guide the patient through
the risks, benefits and alternatives of all options available to her. it is not my job to place judgment on patients that only serve to punish women who are already suffering. and it certainly is not the job of the legislature to interfere with the patient, and their physician relationship. on behalf of dr. erica and the women she helped, i urge my colleagues to vote no. we must support every woman's right to make reproductive choices for herself. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. . mrs. handel: thank you very much, madam speaker. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. >> this legislation does stir a great number of emotions in me. i do know what it is to protect life and to take life and to see life lost and i know that our role should always be to protect the innocent, but i also know that our role as a society has been to subsidize
the genocide of our unborn and reflects how descent tiesed we've become to the -- desensitized we've become each year as we kill hundreds of thousands, unborn children whose smile and who grab and who are self-aware and who know pain. mr. mast: if we are truly are what we do, then who are we when we bring unthinkable pain to a baby boy or a baby girl just before their life is snuffed out of them? this legislation, it's a leap forward as our collective conscience as a nation and it's a strong step forward in returning value to life that we see, especially the most unique, the most unique life that exists out there, that special creature that was created by god. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves, and the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, how
much time remains on both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan has 2 1/2 minutes. the gentlelady from georgia has 2 1/2 minutes. mr. conyers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you very much, madam speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. as a proud co-sponsor, i want to rise to reiterate a central idea, the reason behind this legislation is because of what we stand for as americans. the declaration of independence as we know is our nation's birth certificate and it states in the second paragraph what has come to be known as the american creed. we holds these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienable life that those are life, liberty and the pursuit
of happiness. the reason, my friends, they put the right to life first listed as our most fundamental freedom is because they understood we are made in the image of a holy god, our creator that gave us those inalienable rights is the one that made each and every one of us. mr. johnson: every single person, every single life is of dignity and value. your value is not related to where you went to school, what you do for a living, how good looking you are, what your fortune is in life, whether or not you have a physical disability. your value is inherent in who you are as a creation of the god who made you. that's the reason we stand for this. it's the reason the bill is so important and we urge our colleagues to support it today. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from georgia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i have no further speakers, and i'm ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. r. conyers: members, h.r. 36
is a dangerous and unconstitutional bill that demonstrates a fundamental distrust of women to make private decisions that are best for themselves and their families. it is therefore unsurprising that this legislation is strongly opposed by the nation's leading civil rights organization, medical profession and women groups. in addition, 36 religious organizations noted in a letter to members opposing this bill that the decision to end a pregnancy must be left to an individual woman in consultation with her family, doctors and any other she chooses to involve in keeping with her personal faith beliefs. so for these reasons i urge my colleagues to please oppose this dangerous legislation.
madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from georgia is recognized. mrs. handel: thank you, madam speaker. 've heard many impassioned stories this afternoon. much has changed since roe v. wade was upheld in the 1970's. we have made extraordinary medical advances. today we know with great certainty that babies in the womb starting at the fifth month of pregnancy do indeed feel pain. it is extraordinarily heartbreaking when an unborn baby is diagnosed with a severe and life-threatening abnormality. still, that baby deserves the right to life and right to dignity. my sister was born with no esophagus and given little hope to live and by the grace of god and a miracle, within just weeks of her birth a new technology, a new treatment
came forward. and today she is a proud mother of my two nieces. so ladies and gentlemen, this is a good bill. it is a just bill. it is a moral bill to do what we are called, not just as americans but called as human beings, to protect the lives and the most innocent. i rise in support and urge every colleague to vote in support of this bill. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of her -- the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. pursuant to house resolution 548, the previous question is ordered on the bill. the question is on engrossment and the third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. a bill to amend title 18, united states code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition?
>> madam speaker, i have a motion to recommit of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: ms. brownlee of california moves to recommit the bill to the committee on the judiciary with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith with the following amendment. page 6, line 21, insert afterlife the following -- or help. page 6, beginning on line 22, strike whose and all that follows through conditions on page 7, ending in line 3. page 11, line 20, insert afterlife the following, or health. page 11, beginning on line 2 is, strike by and all that follows through injury. n line 22 and insert or. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to rule -- the rule, the gentlewoman from california is recognized in support of her motion. ms. brownley: madam speaker, this is the final amendment to h.r. 36 which will not kill the
bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage as amended. madam speaker, as many of my colleagues know, i am a mom. i have two wonderful children. i'm so very proud of them because both of them have decided to pursue careers that will save lives. my daughter, hannah, currently lives in africa working for an n.g.o. to fight poverty and aids. my son is a doctor at northwestern. looking around this room, i see many other moms. we know the amazing joy that comes with parenthood. most of us have been fortunate that our children were born without complications. unfortunately, for some women this is not always the case. throughout this debate, members have been sharing the stories of women who wanted to be moms, who found themselves in
unimaginable situations and who were forced to make one of the most gutwrenching decisions of their lives. whether to terminate her pregnancy due to health risks. like one woman from michigan who i will call pam. pam was already raising children and was excited and proud to be pregnant with another child. but pam's pregnancy was causing her heart to fail. she consulted with multiple specialists who all told her that her own health was in jeopardy if the pregnancy continued. pam's doctors advised her that the safest option was to terminate the pregnancy but it was a very, very difficult decision for pam and her family to make as anyone in this room can surely imagine. pam, of course, had to think about her children, her family and her own life. imagine what that decision must
be like. just take a moment and think about that. now, imagine finding out that politicians in washington, d.c., have told pam she was not allowed to make that decision on her own with her family. imagine that. politicians putting her health in jeopardy, telling a woman and her family that the government was going to criminalize a doctor providing her care, that her children might not have a mother growing up. that's what this bill would do. as currently written, h.r. 36 shows no concern for the long-term health of the mother, her future ability to bear children or her ability to care for her family. this bill would force women to carry pregnancies to term even when their health is at risk. even if the fetus has no chance of survival, this bill would require a woman to go to full
term. imagine what that would be like. madam speaker, my amendment simply adds the health of the mother to the existing exemptions in this bill. without my amendment, h.r. 36 devals the health and well-being -- devalues the health and well-being of women and put their lives at risks. it tells our mothers, daughters, granddaughters, the decisions about their long-term health are not their own. and this is the not -- this is not the first bill that shows disregard to women and their families. this bill fits a disturbing pattern. just this year the house has considered legislation that tells women that they need to get their employers permission if they want affordable birth control. the house has considered bills that would eliminate women's essential health benefits like maternity care and mammograms. the house has considered legislation to cut funding for
women's health care centers. the house has also considered legislation that would allow insurance companies to charge women higher premiums and label pregnancy as a pre-existing condition. and tomorrow we will consider a budget that decimates programs that are critical to the health and welfare of women and families so that we can give a massive tax cut to the wealthiest 1%. just take one moment to think bout those priorities. madam speaker, bills like this one disrespect and devalue women. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the motion to recommit, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from alabama seek recognition? mrs. roby: i rise to claim time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes in opposition. mrs. roby: thank you, madam speaker. i'm grateful for the
opportunity to share my strong support for the pain-capable unborn child protection act, or micah's law. my colleagues who oppose this bill addmently defend a mother's ability to have a late-term abortion and a doctor's ability to perform it. but madam speaker, i've heard no mention of the third person in the room, the unborn baby. i am astounded that the opposition chooses to focus solely on the two individuals who can speak for themselves with no mention of the one who cannot. that's exactly what we are here to do today. we are here to speak up for those who can't speak for themselves. we are here to defend those who cannot defend themselves. our bill seeks to do this by restricting abortions after 20 weeks or at the sixth month of pregnancy. the point at which research shows the unborn babies can feel pain. last week, i, too, had the
opportunity to meet the little boy this bill was named for, micah pickering. as many of you know, he was born at 22 weeks and spent four long months in intensive care. micah survived and this year he's in kindergarten. you see, children like micah who are born prematurely are treated as patients. special care is given to reduce their pain and increases their chance for survival, just as it should be. so madam speaker, my question to those who would oppose this bill is this -- what's the difference between a baby born at six months outside the womb and a baby at six months inside the womb? how can one be treated like a miracle they're created to be and the other treated like medical waste? if a baby like micah can survive outside the womb given the appropriate care, shouldn't we give other babies like him the same protection and chance to live?
. i've listened to my colleagues call this bill extreme. i say to oppose this bill is extreme. if we won't stop abortions at six months of pregnancy when a baby feels pain, when will we stop them? we have to draw a line somewhere, to say aborting a little baby who can actually feel the pain of the procedure being forced upon them crosses a line is a gross understatement. madam speaker, i am unapologetically pro-life. and i oppose abortion at any stage. i will always fight to grant greater protections for the life under the law. but as a society, i pray that we will start assigning greater value to life at all stages in this country. madam speaker, so often we get caught up in the policies of this issue and we forget that these are babies, for goodness sake. they feel pain. and we need to protect them. that is why i urge my colleagues
to oppose this motion to recommit and join me in supporting this underlying bill. thank you. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from alabama yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the uestion is on -- question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the motion is not agreed to. >> madam speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause of rule 20 this 15-minute vote on the motion to recommit will be followed by a 2005-minute
vote on passage of the bill if ordered and suspending the rules and passing the bill senate 82. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 187, and the nays are 238. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. hose opposed, please say no. mr. conyers: madam speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned