Federal Resolution Expressing the Need for Investigations of Abortion Practices (H.Res. 206)
This law was last updated on Oct 26, 2018
H.Res. 206 is a resolution expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress and the states should investigate and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices; and the interstate referral of pregnant people to “facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures.”
The resolution declares that Congress has the responsibility to:
- investigate, and conduct hearings on, abortions performed near, at, or after viability and public policies regarding such abortions; and
- evaluate the extent to which such abortions involve violations of the natural right to life of infants who are born alive or are capable of being born alive and therefore are entitled to equal protection under the law.
The resolution states that there is a compelling government interest in protecting the lives of “unborn children” beginning at least from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain, which is separate from the compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of “unborn children” beginning at the stage of viability, and neither governmental interest is intended to replace the other.
Companion bill to S.Res. 133.