House passes bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

House passes bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

House passes bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy

"Today's vote to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was a win for basic human decency", Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a statement."Thanks to Leader McCarthy and Rep. Trent Franks, we are one crucial step closer to protecting thousands of unborn children nationwide from painful late-term abortions".

The House bill would impose a penalty of up to five years in prison for any doctor performing an abortion after the 20-week limit.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY said that he is supporting the bill and hopes the House and Senate will pass it. Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-choice America, said the GOP's "complete disregard to govern in a way that matches the priorities of the American people is staggering". "This is an issue that Trump voters support". "America's children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance".

"If we really are concerned about fetal pain, I think we have to outlaw labor", Imershein, the OB-GYN, said.

Trump was ready to sign the measure, and White House officials sent lawmakers a letter saying the measure "would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires".

Abortion-rights advocates decried the legislation, criticizing the science it is based on and the timing of the vote after the Las Vegas mass shooting and the ongoing post-hurricane needs in Puerto Rico. The lone no vote from the state's delegation to the House of Representatives was Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans.

"They can't tell what it is", Lawrence said.

Such claims rely on subjective interpretations of "late term" and "elective". Republicans have a 52-48 Senate majority but overwhelming Democratic opposition means the measure would never reach the 60 votes it would need to pass. Speaking Monday, Republican Senate Whip Sen. The Planned Parenthood Action Fund called it "dangerous" and another attempt to restrict women's access to safe abortions.

But opponents say that even if the law is passed, it will run afoul of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that recognized a woman's right to an abortion. "They will stand with Virginia women against these attacks on our rights and health".

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is rooted in a growing body of scientific evidence that the unborn are capable of feeling pain at at least 20 weeks after fertilization.

The bill, which has been the focus of the hashtag #TheyFeelPain, says that nerves link pain receptors to the fetus' brain "by no later than 20 weeks after fertilization".

"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", stated CRR Senior Policy Director Maya Rupert. Young women are more likely than older women to be late in realizing they are pregnancy.

Women would not be penalized for seeking an abortion under the bill.

"We have given these little babies less legal protection from unnecessary cruelty than the protection we have given farm animals", Franks said on the floor of the House.

But the majority of Americans agree with criminalizing abortions after the second trimester.

In a nationwide poll of 1,623 registered US voters in November 2014, the Quinnipiac University Poll found that 60 percent would support a law that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks.

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