Hoeven Statement in Response to Today's Senate Vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement in response to today’s Senate vote on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy:

“Today, I voted in support of a measure that would protect unborn children at 20 weeks, or approximately five months into a pregnancy, who are capable of feeling pain from late-term abortions. If born, a child at this stage of development can survive with medical intervention. Unfortunately, 60 votes were required to move on to the bill and it got only 54. North Dakota has had a law protecting children after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and the federal government should pass this humane law as well.”