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Perry Supports Ban on Late Term Abortion

Washington, D.C. -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation, Micah's Law or the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits abortions after 20 weeks from conception, with notable exceptions for rape, incest, with additional protections for minors in both cases, and the life and health of the mother.

As medical technology advances, the chances of survival for babies born at 22 weeks have grown exponentially; one study showed that at least a quarter of children born at this age will survive with intensive care.

"The same protections offered to children born at this age should be extended to those in the womb," said Perry. "The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is undertaking groundbreaking surgeries to correct birth defects on babies while their bodies are still developing in utero, which is nothing short of remarkable. During those procedures, those babies are given anesthesia. So how do we callously turn away from the dismemberment of those same bodies in utero? This is just common sense."

The US is one of only seven countries worldwide that still allows the practice of late term abortion.

"Late term abortion has no place in a civilized society. I'm proud to offer my support to end this practice," Perry concluded.

The bill is now in the Senate for further consideration.