Hirono, Shaheen, Blumenthal, Cassidy

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

Senator Hirono: (4:01 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "At that point there was nothing Dr. Moyata could do to prevent labor and because abortion is legal after 20 weeks in Hawaii, Dr. Moyata was able to provide life-saving abortion care for her patient and prevent her from developing a massive infection. Dr. Moyata put it plainly in her note, quote, restrictions on abortion care and danger - care endanger the lives of my patients. End quote. Restrictions on abortion care endanger the lives of my patients. And that is exactly what this bill will do. It will endanger the lives of millions of women in this country who do not - who do not make the decision to have an abortion after 20 weeks lightly."


Senator Shaheen: (4:12 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "It's also insulting and condescending to all women. We're not children who need guidance from an adult. We can consult those we choose to consult, and we can make our own decisions. To impose this requirement in this crude manner is something right out of the hand maid's tale. Then if the rape victim is a minor, she's allowed access to an abortion only if she can provide proof that she reported the crime to law enforcement. Again, this is completely out of touch with the real world. Only a small percentage of sexual assaults and rapes are reported to police. Nearly 80% of rape and sexual assault victims know their offender."


Senator Blumenthal: (4:19 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "All of them men, except one, who are essentially trying to tell the women of America what to do with their own body, when to have children or not. And that is fundamentally unconstitutional. It flies in the face of Roe v. Wade and all of its progeny. It is a restriction that has been struck down when adopted at the state level in at least two courts. And the others that have adopted similar proposals will be struck down, in my view, as well. The consensus of the medical community and the legal community and ordinary citizens, particularly women, is that women have reproductive rights that would be violated dramatically and directly by this proposal."


Senator Cassidy: (4:30 p.m)

  • Spoke on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
    • "Now, those of us who are pro-life and pro-choice, but society has agreed at some point that protection is allowed. Again, I'm pro-life. I think the protection should be when the child is conceived, but right now the law is divided. If a pregnant woman and her child is killed by a reckless driver, there's two counts of manslaughter filed against the driver. On the other hand, let's be clear, a woman has the right to terminate that pregnancy at another point in the pregnancy. On the other hand, partial birth abortion says that child's life cannot be terminated when she is coming through the birth canal."