Yesterday Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the U.S. Senate will vote on the federal Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act next week.

This bill prohibits most abortions in the United States after the twentieth week of pregnancy. A similar measure passed the U.S. House of Representatives last fall.

Sen. McConnell told his colleagues,

Congress has an opportunity to take a step forward. The United States is currently one of just seven countries — just seven, including China and North Korea — that permit elective abortions after twenty weeks. It is time we begin to remedy this obvious and tragic moral wrong.

Arkansas Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) are listed as co-sponsors on this good, pro-life bill.

This is a landmark piece of pro-life legislation. As we have written recently, the federal government has passed very few laws significantly protecting unborn children from abortion. By some estimates, this measure could save as many as 18,000 children each year. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a law the United States desperately needs.