A bipartisan coalition of 105 Members of the House of Representatives have sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-N.V.) asking him to allow a vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, stating: "there is now clear, incontrovertible scientific evidence that babies feel pain at 20 weeks fetal age. And this fact is reflected in standard medical practice..."
The signers ask Reid simply for an opportunity to bring the bill to the floor for a vote.
The letter cites a Charlotte Lozier Institute finding that the U.S. is one out of only seven countries globally that allows abortion more than halfway through pregnancy.
Senator Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) effort to bring the bill to a vote were blocked on May 13th.
The congressmen signing the letter, led by Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.,) are asking Reid to reconsider, and allow the bill a vote.
Congressman Black said: "It is long past time that the Senate move forward and pass this bipartisan legislation to help protect the health of women and children. Sadly, the United States lags far behind most of the world when it comes to protections for unborn children."
"The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed out of the House last year, marked the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children," Rep. Franks said. "It is time that America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them."
Thirty two Republican Senators also sent a letter to Reid on April 29 with the same request. Their letter cited a Quinnipiac poll from last summer that showed that Americans prefer a 20-week ban to a 24-week limit on abortion (by a 55% to 30% margin.) Women had even stronger support for the ban, favoring it at a margin of 60% for to 25% against.
Planned Parenthood Action's opinion on the bill is that, "Once again, politicians are inserting themselves in the most private and personal medical decisions best left up to a woman, her faith, her family, and her doctor."
They admit, however, that 99% of abortions take place before 21 weeks - but stress that the bill "marginalizes women."
They needn't worry though - it's very unlikely Harry Reid will allow this bill to see the light of day ... err, the Senate floor.