House Backs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

House Backs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

House Backs Ban on Abortions After 20 Weeks

The bill passed the House by a vote of 237 for and 189 against, largely on party lines.

The vote on the so-called Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act of 2017 was scheduled by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy early last week, but the attack in Las Vegas that killed 59 people and wounded more than 500 did nothing to change his plan.

"You'd have to be an absolute activist to oppose this bill", Nance said. "They need points on the board, no doubt". There are nerves, but the connections are incomplete and can't register pain. The paper concludes that a fetus at 20 weeks is not capable of experiencing pain: Only in the third trimester would such sensation be possible. Scientists have known this since a robust 2005 study, and follow-up research backs it up. But opponents of the legislation argue 20-week abortion bans are unconstitutional. "We can not as a society - with good and upright conscience - ignore it". The Democratic-controlled Senate didn't even consider the bill after the House approved it in 2013, and a House-passed measure in 2015 was rejected by a GOP-run Senate.

Bars prosecution of a woman upon whom an abortion is performed in violation of this Act for violating or conspiring to violate this Act.

The bill would make the usual exceptions for cases of rape and incest, and cases in which the life of the mother would be put into danger by the continuation of the pregnancy. "The United States stands among only a handful of nations that permit elective abortions after 20 weeks". This bill strips women of their autonomy while showing extreme disregard for their lived experiences and the unique circumstances they may face during a pregnancy.

Almost half the women had higher education past high school and had previous live births.

Restricting abortion doesn't stop women from having abortions. but there's good evidence that legislation limiting the number of guns can result in fewer gun deaths. "That is painful", said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.

"The big hurdle for us is going to be in the Senate, where we don't have quite enough of a pro-life majority to reach the 60-vote threshold", said Mallory Quigley, the spokeswoman. 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.

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If so, the strategy certainly isn't new. Others suggest that state-level laws imposing standards on abortion clinics and the procedure of abortion may have helped drive down the rate of abortion.

"I can say without a shadow of a doubt that we made the right decision for our family - and that our government has absolutely no place in the anguish which accompanies a late-term abortion, except to ensure that women and their families have the right to make their choice safely and privately", she added.

Women using the abortion pill generally take it in the privacy of their home.

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

"That's a lot of angst, heartache, stress and trauma multiplied by this ban."

A report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice seemed to confirm these findings. Women seeking abortions would not be penalized under the bill.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, New Jersey Democrat, told a story about one of her constituents named Carrie who procured a late-term abortion because she didn't want her child, who had been diagnosed with several fetal abnormalities, to suffer.

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