US House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation

US House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation

Only three Democrats joined Republicans to vote for the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act Tuesday evening, a bill that will now be sent to the Senate. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund called it "dangerous" and another attempt to restrict women's access to safe abortions.

Passage had been expected in the House, which passed the bill twice before only to see the measure die in the Senate in the face of Democratic opposition. However, the bill will first have to be taken up and passed by the Senate. "I don't think it would pass the muster of reality if it were challenged".

Lawmakers approved the measure nearly completely along party-lines, 237-189, with all but three Democrats opposing the bill and all but two Republicans supporting it.

In 2014, the nation's highest court refused to review Arizona's ban on abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy after it had been declared unconstitutional, and every federal court that has reached a decision on a pre-viability ban has blocked the rule from taking effect.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says fetuses aren't developed enough to feel pain until 24 weeks. That argument was echoed in a letter from the Office of Management and Budget expressing the administration's support for the bill. We should not be one of only seven countries in the world, along with North Korea, China, and Vietnam that have legalized abortion on demand after 5 months of development.

When unborn children are operated on, "fetal anesthesia is routinely administered and is associated with a decrease in stress hormones compared to their level when painful stimuli are applied without such anesthesia", the bill explains.

Among the bill's Republican supporters was Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania.

Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said the bill is meant to protect unborn babies, but it is also "an educational tool".

"When abortion is banned it does not go away", said Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon. "It drives women to unsafe back alleys and to risky self-induced abortion".

Note: Congressman Chris Smith is a Republican from New Jersey and the head of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

"We have hope", Ms. Mancini said. "But do they talk about changing the Second Amendment?" Lawmakers have different explanations for why babies can feel pain at that week. "This bill is a cruel and ruthless attempt to undermine women and attack our right to govern our bodies".

Other than political posturing, why would Republicans try to pass such a law if its effect on the abortion rate is insignificant?

"You'd have to be an absolute activist to oppose this bill", Nance said.

Madame Speaker, I respectfully ask that my colleagues respect unborn children as our nation's littlest patients who like any other patient may need diagnosis and benign interventions to treat disability or disease. Hopefully, our humanity will come through as this act is brought to a vote and the innate good that abides in each of us will win out, making late-term abortions a thing of the past.

"Abortion is the human rights issue of our time", Penny Nance said in a statement.

Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life, says the legislation is based on "common sense policy" that "reflects the consensus shared by eight out of ten Americans - abortion should have real legal limits".

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