HR 36 the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Next Thursday will be the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision of the US Supreme Court. On that day, the US House of Representatives will consider HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. (Read it here – it is short.)

I read the bill and it is a simple and straight forward acknowledgement of what we now know about life in a mother’s womb. The bill does not go as far as I would like. Public policy is affected one step at a time and even baby steps are better than no steps.

I also wrote my congressman, Sanford Bishop, to ask him to support the bill.  Over in the Senate, I have been told that Senator Johnny Isakson will be a co-sponsor of the bill. Thank you, Senator Isakson. I am also asking David Perdue, our new Senator to support the bill in the Senate.

Below is my letter to Congressman Bishop.  I encourage you to ask your Representative and Senators to support this bill.

January 17, 2015

Honorable Sanford Bishop
US House of Representatives
2407 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Bishop,

I ask you to support HR 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. You have indicated that you are pro-life. This bill is a pro-life bill.

You have rejoiced with a couple who learned that they were going to have a child. You have heard them talk with joy about the first time they went to the doctor and saw that miracle of a precious new life in a sonogram. The gender of a child can now be determined between 16 and 20 weeks after conception.

Our understanding of the life of a child in the mother’s womb has exploded in the past few decades. The baby shower of the past has now developed into the “Reveal Party” where the parents reveal whether the baby will be a boy or a girl.

As a nation, we must side to protect the most innocent and helpless of all. You are familiar with the words of the prophet Isaiah, “Learn to do good; seek justice, reprove the ruthless, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. ‘Come now, and let us reason together’, says the Lord.” (Isaiah 1:17 – 18)

HR 36 is a simple acknowledgement by Congress that a child in his or her mother’s womb can sense pain by the 20th week of pregnancy. I personally do not believe this bill goes far enough, but it is a step in the right direction. I urge you to support this bill with both your influence and your vote.


Donald E. Cole

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