Rep. Black Lauds Upcoming House Vote on Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

May 8, 2015 Issues: Pro-Life

Washington, DC– Today Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the below statement on the news that the House will vote next week on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – legislation to end dangerous, late-term abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Congressman Black is a cosponsor of this pro-life initiative.  

“While I was prepared to support this measure in its original form earlier this year, I am pleased that we have devised a stronger, improved bill that will ultimately save more unborn lives,” said Congressman Diane Black. “This is a human rights issue. Science tells us that, after twenty weeks, babies can feel pain and are increasingly able to live outside the womb. As a nurse, I believe it is unconscionable that – in the year 2015 – the United States continues to be one of only seven countries to allow elective abortions at this late stage in a pregnancy. This bill is a compassionate, commonsense measure to change that. I was honored to take part in drafting this strengthened legislation and am grateful to Congressman Franks, House leadership, and the many grassroots pro-life organizations who worked tirelessly to bring this bill back for a vote.”

Congressman Black added, “While pro-life efforts such as this have traditionally garnered some measure of bipartisan support, too many of my colleagues across the aisle still side with the big-abortion lobby over the innocent lives at stake in this debate. With this vote, we will put them on record. Knowing that premature babies are being saved as early as 22 weeks into fetal development, there is no legitimate reason to oppose this bill. Democrats are quick to label conservatives ‘science deniers’ on matters like climate change so it begs the question – will they deny basic science when it comes to the viability of unborn life?”

A nurse for more than 40 years and leading member of the Congressional Pro Life Caucus, Congressman Black is the author of the Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, and H.J. Res. 43legislation passed by the House of Representatives last week to overturn the District of Columbia’s pro-abortion Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act.  Following removal of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act from the House calendar in January, Congressman Black worked alongside the bill’s sponsor – Rep. Trent Franks, House leadership, and pro-life organizations to bring a strengthened bill back for a vote.  


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and serves on the House Ways and Means and Budget Committees