US House passes 20-week abortion ban

Casey Dawson
October 5, 2017

Abortion after 20 weeks, or the second trimester of pregnancy, would be a crime under the new legislation, except in some limited circumstances. Violators could face five years in prison.

It bans most abortions past 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) hosted a reception in his office Tuesday evening with various pro-life leaders and GOP lawmakers to celebrate the passage of the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House in a 237-189 vote that was mostly along party lines with three Democrats that voted for the bill. "I'm proud of the great work that my colleague Congressman Trent Franks has done to protect the unborn", said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana.

Waiting until a life-threatening situation to perform an abortion is particularly troubling to some doctors, considering the United States has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world - by a long shot. He called late-term abortions an "extreme and barbaric practice".

But opponents of an abortion ban strongly dispute this.

The bill would impact a relatively small number of abortions.

The group also noted that almost all abortions are performed before 21 weeks.

The statement, however, conflicts with studies that point to a common cutoff period extending after 20 weeks.

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First, low income women are more likely to be delayed because they need to raise money to pay for the abortion and they are also less likely to be able to afford to travel to get an abortion elsewhere.

"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. She says forcing a woman to carry a terminally ill pregnancy to term is misguided and puts women's physical and mental health at risk.

Since then, the rate of abortion has declined precipitously.

Debate continues over what caused this decline.

"The Supreme Court has said that abortion is legal up to viability, which is 23 weeks", he said. "Micahs who will never have the chance to tell their mother and father, 'I love you'".

Alison Centofante, director of alliance relations at Alliance Defending Freedom, drew attention to the "thousands of pregnancy centers that are dedicated exclusively to helping women with unplanned pregnancy", such as the one run by co-panelist Susan Gallucci, executive director of the D.C. -based Northwest Center. We now have to wait and see what Senate decides. That's a huge ratio.

Requires any physician who performs an abortion under this Act's exceptions to annually submit a summary of all such abortions to the National Center for Health Statistics. "They will stand with Virginia women against these attacks on our rights and health". "That's where our tax dollars should go, not towards abortion, not towards Planned Parenthood".

When Ohio governor John Kasich approved a 20-week ban but vetoed a 6-week ban past year, critics like James Dobson, president of Family Talk and founder of Focus on the Family, criticized the move as cowardly. It is unclear how that body will vote this time around.

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