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H.R.1797: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about civil rights and liberties, minority issues
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Sponsor Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
Total Cosponsors 184 (4 Democrats, 180 Republicans)
Introduced April 26, 2013
Latest Major Action June 19, 2013
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Bill Summary

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act - Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit any person from performing or attempting to perform an abortion except in conformity with this Act's requirements.

Requires the physician to first determine the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child, or reasonably rely upon such a determination made by another physician, by making inquiries of the pregnant woman and performing such medical examinations and tests as a reasonably prudent physician would consider necessary.

Prohibits the abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater, except: (1) where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, excluding psychological or emotional conditions; or (2) where the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor, if the rape has been reported at any time prior to...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 19, 2013 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
June 18, 2013 The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
June 18, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
June 18, 2013

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 228 - 196 (Roll no. 251). (text: CR H3730-3731)

June 18, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H3743-3744)
June 18, 2013 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on H.R. 1797, the Chair put the question on passage and, by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Ros-Lehtinen demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of passage until later in the legislative day.
June 18, 2013 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H3743)
June 18, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1797.
June 18, 2013 The resolution provides for one hour of debate on H.R. 1947 and provides for consideration of H.R. 1797 with one hour of debate and one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
June 18, 2013 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 266. (consideration: CR H3730-3743)
June 17, 2013 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 266 Reported to House. The resolution provides for one hour of debate on H.R. 1947 and provides for consideration of H.R. 1797 with one hour of debate and one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
June 14, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 77.
June 14, 2013 Committee on Oversight and Government discharged.
June 14, 2013 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-109, Part I.
June 12, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 20 - 12.
June 12, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 4, 2013 Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 6 - 4 .
June 4, 2013 Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
June 3, 2013 Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Discharged.
May 23, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
May 23, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
May 23, 2013 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
April 26, 2013 Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
April 26, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary