Ban on Abortion After 20 Weeks Passes House

Ban on Abortion After 20 Weeks Passes House

The law specifically exempts cases where the woman's life is in danger or in cases of rape or incest.

Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, said he was disappointed the House passed a "restrictive and repressive" measure.

The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act late in the afternoon of October 3 by a vote of 237 to 189, largely along party lines.

Defines "abortion" to mean the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device: (1) to intentionally kill an unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant; or (2) to intentionally terminate a pregnancy, with an intention other than to produce a live birth and preserve the life and health of the child after viability or to remove a dead unborn child.

The possibility that a fetus can experience pain from an abortion after 20 weeks should encourage support for this bill, even among those who would otherwise support abortion.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill today that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks. Unlike those years, when a Democratic president was likely to veto such a law, President Donald Trump has pledged to endorse the ban. John Comyn said a vote on the bill is "not a near-term priority". "Many of the cases of people seeking termination after 20 weeks may be handling these really sad problems".

Twenty states now have 20-week abortion bans on the books.

Every advance against this barbaric and needless practice is to be welcomed.

The GOP Senate leadership may bring the bill back up for a doomed cloture vote this year, too, and if so the vote will likely be nearly identical to its 2015 predecessor (aside from the absence of Mark Kirk, who was defeated in 2016).

The White House letter also cited "recent advancements" showing "the physical structures necessary to experience pain" are developed 20 weeks after fertilization. "We've had these conversations, we've had these elections and we actually know where we stand".

Not only will babies be protected by federal law at five months and the pain suffered by these babies averted, but H.R. 36 requires that a late abortion permitted under limited circumstances provide the "best opportunity for the unborn child to survive" and that "a second physician trained in neonatal resuscitation" be "present and prepared to provide care to a child" to the same degree as the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002.

Two years ago, the bill passed in the House, but was blocked in the Senate. Lawmakers have different explanations for why babies can feel pain at that week. What's more, they're trying to force more women to bear unwanted children just days after Congress allowed funding to lapse for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and just a week since the GOP's final botched effort to take away health insurance from tens of millions of Americans.

Despite's Long's concerns about how the Senate will act, a spokeswoman for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List said the organization is not taking a Senate vote as a given.

The House of Representatives has to its credit passed a bill that would limit abortions performed after the 20th week of pregnancy.

Senator Lindsey Graham said he would reintroduce a companion bill in the Senate soon. "This unsafe, out-of-touch legislation is nothing more than yet another attempt to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion", said the organization on its website.

"The vast majority of abortions are done early", Ekbladh said.

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