In June 2013 the House of Representatives passed legislation protecting unborn children at the beginning of the 6th month of pregnancy. Passage of H.R. 1797 the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act marked the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection was extended to unborn children.
Two days after this landmark legislation passed with a vote of 228 to 196, Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ-08) and Diane Black (R-TN-06) led a bipartisan effort of 105 Members of the House to send a letter to Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) urging him to allow for a vote in the Senate on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The vote never happened, the 113th Congress ended, and unborn babies remain unprotected.