House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Legislation

  • House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Legislation

House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban Legislation

On Tuesday, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) on a 237-189 vote, forwarding the measure to the upper chamber where passage could be hard due to the filibuster rule.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced last week the House would vote on H.R. 36, calling it legislation that "will respect the sanctity of life and stop needless suffering".

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

The co-chairs of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, Reps. Trump issued support for the bill even before he won the election. At press time, the bill was amended to clarify that the political careers in question were men's and that any pregnant female politicians would be required to bring pregnancies to full-term.

The U.S. House of Representatives has given the go-ahead to HR36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

He added that "every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law. We have an obligation to speak and defend for those who can't speak for themselves". Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, also praised passage of the bill.

The House bill passed 237-189. "It was also especially fitting that strong pro-life women like Rep. Karen Handel and Rep. Liz Cheney were at the forefront to introduce the bill and lead debate".

"This new law may not end abortion, but it will end some abortions and will save thousands of lives", Newman said.

But it's not just social conservatives who want it to be illegal for women to have what antiabortion activists call a "late-term abortion".

Although the bill passed easily in the House, experts say getting it through the Senate will be tough - where it needs 60 votes to pass and move on to President Donald Trump's desk.

"That's not a near-term priority", Cornyn replied. This legislation conforms federal abortion law to modern science. Women undergoing such abortions wouldn't be prosecuted. Although Attorney General Mark Herring has said such a ban is likely unconstitutional, we can not trust a Trump court to respect Roe v. Wade.

Roe v Wade is the landmark Supreme Court decision which legalised abortion nationwide in the early 1970's. "This bill is a cruel and ruthless attempt to undermine women and attack our right to govern our bodies".

The GOP claims there is scientific evidence that a fetus can feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization, and has used that as a main basis for their anti-abortion stance. Similar state laws, including one in Arizona, have been struck down by courts as unconstitutional.

"These unborn babies are feeling pain". The measure says nothing about abortion before 20 weeks and does allow for exceptions after 20 weeks in the case of rape, incest or the need to protect the mother's life.

Frank urged the Senate to vote straight on this bill because it's clear that Trump's supporters are pro-life. Poll after poll shows that the majority of Americans support such measures.

New York State prohibits most abortions after 24 weeks.