U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today opposed H.R. 36, the so-called "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," which imposes unconstitutional restrictions on women’s health care services. Murphy issued the following statement on her vote:
“As a mother, I know that health decisions during a pregnancy are deeply personal and sometimes difficult. This bill prevents a woman, her family and her doctor from making important medical decisions, putting her health at risk in order to advance a partisan agenda. Restrictions on abortions should be based on medicine and science, not on politics,” said Murphy.
H.R. 36 would impose a federal ban on abortions at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization with no meaningful exceptions to protect a woman’s health. The bill would also require survivors of rape or incest to prove that they have reported the crime to law enforcement and obtained medical treatment or counseling before they can receive care. H.R. 36 would also impose criminal penalties on physicians who provide abortion care after 20 weeks with no exceptions for medically-necessary cases.
This is not the first time that policymakers have tried to impose these kinds of restrictions on women’s care. Similar laws were enacted in Arizona, Idaho, Arkansas and North Dakota, only to be subsequently struck down by the courts. The bill is also opposed by numerous civil liberty and patient advocacy organizations, including the ACLU and Planned Parenthood.