This map shows the states that have passed legislation limiting abortion based on the unborn child’s ability to feel pain by 20 weeks. Last updated: March 30, 2016.
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On March 15, 2016, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act – historic legislation to stop abortion more than halfway through pregnancy and strengthen equal protection measures for babies born alive after a failed abortion.
Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) associate scholar Angelina Baglini Nguyen, J.D. testified as an expert witness on the United States’ permissiveness on abortion limits in comparison to international abortion norms as well as the constitutionality of 20-week abortion limits based on fetal pain. In 2014, Ms. Nguyen authored a major paper, published by CLI, which found that the United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortion past 20 weeks.