cropped-cropped-shutterstock_45424168-Version-4In its “cost estimate” of the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” released yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that about 10,000 unborn babies are killed each year in the United States in abortions that take place at 20 weeks or later in pregnancy. That works out to an average of 27.4 late-term abortion per day or 1.14 per hour. The CBO made the estimate as it tried to calculate how much it would “cost” the federal government if Congress enacted the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which prohibits killing unborn babies at 20 or more weeks into pregnancy–unless the baby who is going to be killed was conceived through a reported rape or incest against a minor, or if the life of the mother is at stake. The CBO determined that estimating an exact dollar cost to the federal government for prohibiting people from killing babies late in a pregnancy is difficult to do.  “Based on data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CBO estimates that, each year, about 10,000 abortions take place 20 weeks or more after fertilization,” said the cost estimate. Eleven states prohibit abortion after 20 weeks, according to CBO, and another 31 states “prohibit abortions occuring at later points during a pregancy.” CBO said it cannot know for sure how many babies would be spared death by the bill. More