Health Care

House Backs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

House Backs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

The bill would "generally make it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform, an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with limited exceptions", the statement said.

In an open letter to anti-abortion leaders a few months prior to the November election, Trump said he was "committed to ..." Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, said he was disappointed the House passed a "restrictive and repressive" measure.

It may indeed be that unborn children at even earlier stages of development experience excruciating pain as their young lives are snuffed out, which is one reason that even in such socially liberal countries as France, abortion often is heavily regulated (nearly prohibited) after the twelfth week, not the twentieth.

The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill today that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, stated on Tuesday that "This bill, which the President has promised to sign, would get us out of that disgraceful club and bring our laws into line with basic human decency".

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Overwhelming majorities of Americans-some 60%-64% according to pollsters-support legal protection for pain-capable unborn children.

House debate came a week after the collapse of a Senate GOP effort to scuttle much of Obama's health care law, a bill that would have also blocked federal money for Planned Parenthood.

Rather than the 20-week ban, legislators could be voting to authorize funding to ensure 9 million children have health care access through the Children's Health Insurance Program, or lifting the Jones Act to ensure families of Puerto Rico have unfettered access to food and supplies, or expanding Medicaid, or enacting legislation to curb mass shootings and domestic terrorism that leave families mourning loved ones daily.

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

Such claims rely on subjective interpretations of "late term" and "elective". Tragically, President Obama vowed to veto this child protection legislation and the Senate failed to even pass it. No scientific consensus on the topic has yet been reached, and some researchers have suggested that 20-week-old fetuses have not yet developed the neurological wiring that is necessary to feel pain. "We've had these conversations, we've had these elections and we actually know where we stand. Not only does this legislation protect unborn children, but it also protects women who face substantially higher risk of complications from a late-term abortion".

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However, the bill needs the unlikely support of at least eight Democrats to pass in the narrowly GOP-controlled Senate. "Of course, in these cases we would still vehemently oppose the abortion, because we believe it takes a life, not just a life that feels pain". "It is the objective of the Congress to assert a compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain".

"This risky, out-of-touch legislation is nothing more than yet another attempt to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion", Planned Parenthood Action Fund said online.

The bill must now make its way through the Senate, but that may not happen anytime soon, CNN said.

He said called the ban on abortion after 20 weeks "a place to begin uniting Americans who see themselves as "pro-life" and as 'pro-choice'".

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