House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

The only exceptions would be cases where the mother's life is at risk or cases involving rape or incest.

In an open letter to anti-abortion leaders a few months prior to the November election, Trump said he was "committed to ..."

The White House reiterated its support in a statement of administration policy issued Monday: "The administration strongly supports H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections". This bill could "bring about a life-affirming culture because we protect these lives under the law", Quigley said.

The legislation, which would impose fines or potential jail time for providers who carry out abortions past 20 weeks, passed on Tuesday evening in a 237 to 189 vote.

"Let's ensure all 50 states have protections for vulnerable pain-capable children".

This legislation plainly contradicted existing constitutional law and the consensus of scientists about "fetal pain", and aimed at mobilizing concerns over rare late-term abortions to undermine the legality of early-term abortions.

Abortion rights groups, however, condemned the bill.

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.

Conti argued that even if the bill does not become law, its passage by the House could be damaging.

While the 2017 Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act has the support of most House Republicans, and has already been endorsed by President Trump, it faces major opposition in the Senate. The lone no vote from the state's delegation to the House of Representatives was Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans. "The United States stands among only a handful of nations that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks". He called late-term abortions an "extreme and barbaric practice". A similar bill passed the House in 2015 but was blocked by Senate Democrats.

Dr. Robert White, professor of neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University, said an unborn child at 20 weeks gestation "is fully capable of experiencing pain...without question, (abortion) is a dreadfully painful experience..." He was convicted of murdering babies born alive but also of 21 counts of illegal late abortions after 24 weeks in violation of state law.

"It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain, and give them a chance to grow and live full and happy lives", McCarthy's statement said.

But critics say the bill's claim that fetuses feel pain is based on bad science, and call the measure an unconstitutional attempt, repeatedly stricken down by courts, to restrict abortion rights. "And opponents of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act fear that, though it is unlikely to pass the Senate, it will ultimately spread unsafe misinformation".

Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said Democrats will probably block the bill once it reaches the Senate. The Senate has no plans to consider it, and it would probably be subject to a Democratic filibuster if Republicans could manage to get a majority to vote for it, also doubtful. The vast majority of abortion procedures are performed before 20 weeks.

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