House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks; chances slim in Senate


In the case of a minor who is pregnant as the result of rape or incest, the child must report the crime to a government agency or law enforcement. Trump issued support for the bill even before he won the election. A statement from the White House said the proposed law would promote a "culture of life".

The House bill passed 237-189.

"The 20-week bans are also highly unpopular throughout the country - 61% of all voters say abortion should be legal after 20 weeks".

Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, said the bill is meant to protect unborn babies, but it is also "an educational tool".

Mr. Speaker, this child is a gift from God, a gift that we have far too often abandoned in this country.

President Trump offered support for the bill during his election campaign. n In a letter he sent to anti-abortion leaders in September 2016, he promised to sign the law, "which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide".

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. North Korea wants Iran-type nuclear deal Debt-ceiling gambit stirs GOP debate GOP rep shares story of brother with Down syndrome, condemns abortions MORE (R-Ariz.), will come up for a vote in the House on Tuesday. Mifeprix is sold in the United States for abortions up to 10 weeks of pregnancy. "Also, a term pregnancy is 40 weeks so a 20 week abortion isn't late term", said Dr.

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While the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act doesn't seem to have a very good shot at becoming a law, the legislation does serve as a reminder of what House Republicans are prioritizing as we move toward midterm elections, and a reminder of the very real possibility that similar laws that threaten access to safe and affordable women's health care may emerge in the near future.

The statement said that the bill takes a science-based approach to unborn life "as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization". "We must stop efforts to stand between women and their health care providers".

"T$3 here's nearly no difference between killing a baby accidentally born alive in a late-term abortion, as Gosnell stands accused of, and killing the same baby in the womb, as more skilled doctors can do", wrote liberal, pro-choice Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson. "The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a big step in the right direction toward respecting the dignity of all life, especially those babies who can not even defend themselves", Dr. Abraham said.

"What we need to learn from the Gosnell case is that late-term abortion is infanticide", wrote liberal, pro-life Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.

As for the narrowly divided Senate, where passing abortion-related bills can be harder than in the House, the legislation may not get floor time anytime soon.

The combination of support from some conservative states and the Trump administration, along with some relaxation in the Democratic Party of the criticism of the party's few anti-abortion lawmakers, could give the bill momentum in the Senate, said Mallory Quigley, communications director for the anti-abortion organization Susan B. Anthony List.

"Abortion is the human rights issue of our time", Penny Nance said in a statement.