Ernst, Tillis, Cornyn

Motion to Proceed to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2311)

Senator Enrst: (2:37 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "At five months, babies have grown nails on their fingers and on their toes, hair has just begun to grow on their heads, and an ultrasound can tell an expectant mother and father whether their baby is a boy or a girl. These babies can detect light, hear sounds, they can swallow, and even experience taste as their taste buds grow and develop. These unborn babies in all ways are babies. There is also significant scientific evidence that at five months of development these babies can feel pain. By five months, babies begin to respond to painful stimulus with distinctive pain response behaviors that are exhibited by older babies."


Senator Tillis: (2:59 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "I think this is balanced policy and something I hope my colleagues will support and ultimately send to the president's desk. I worked on - I was speaker of the house in North Carolina for four years, and we worked on commonsense changes to protecting the lives of the unborn that also got the support of the majority of North Carolinians. This is just another example where we at the federal law can enact a law that I think helps us demonstrate that the life of the unborn is a precious life, and we as members of the U.S Senate and the U.S Congress are tasked with making sure we protect all lives in America."


Senator Cornyn: (3:13 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "Mr. President, last week marked the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, but many of us were not celebrating. Because last week gave us another opportunity to consider the real damage caused by the Supreme Court decision which even liberal scholars have now said is flawed. The type of damage it's done to the social fabric of our nation over the last four and a half decades. During that period of time, more than 50 million unborn children in America have been denied the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 50 million. In other parts of the world unborn children have been killed by the sheer fact they happen to be a girl instead of a boy, or because they have disabilities like Down's Syndrome."