US House votes to ban abortion at 20 weeks


Backed by the Trump administration, the US House of Representatives passed a bill today banning abortions after 20 weeks-the first step toward the federal abortion restrictions many pro-life advocates have hoped to see from their new president. Far more than seven countries allow abortions past 20 weeks in cases of rape or incest but also for medical reasons that do not necessarily endanger the mother's life.

President Donald Trump is prepared to sign a late-term abortion ban, which the House passed Tuesday evening, if the Senate follows suit.

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Protection Act by a vote of 237-189. They can feel the needle piercing them during a digoxin abortion. "The whole concept of viability is a creation of abortion law, but we can actually save most of these kids now".

Nevertheless, the White House counters, "The United States is now out of the mainstream in the family of nations, in which only seven out of 198 nations allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy".

"As recently as 2014, it was estimated that 430 abortion facilities in the United States were willing to perform abortions on unborn children 20 weeks and older. America's children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance".

Roe v Wade is the landmark Supreme Court decision which legalised abortion nationwide in the early 1970's.

"All decent and humane people are repulsed by the callous and barbarous treatment of women and children in clinics ... that abort children after 20 weeks", said the cardinal. Yet they undermine their already dubious argument when they seem unable to decide when 20 weeks is, exactly.

The National Network of Abortion Funds is sickened that Congressional legislators have chosen the anniversary of Rosie Jimenez's death, from an illegal abortion due to the Hyde Amendment, to put politics ahead of the healthcare needs of their constituents and try to once again unconstitutionally ban abortion at 20 weeks.

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The Senate still must schedule consideration of the bill, but that seemed unlikely.

We know that after three weeks, my granddaughter had a heartbeat. Amy Friedrich-Karnik, senior federal policy adviser at the Center for Reproductive Rights, called the bill a "direct attack on women's autonomy".

Pro-life groups estimate the bill would save 13,000 lives a year.

Not voting were Republicans Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma, Billy Long of Missouri, and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, and Democrats Jim Himes of CT and Nevada's Ruben Kihuen, Jacky Rosen, and Dina Titus.

"You'd have to be an absolute activist to oppose this bill", Nance said.

Quigley and other supports of the act often refer to it as "Micah's law", for a young boy said to have been born 20 weeks after fertilization who is now starting kindergarten. If the new proposal wins a majority in the GOP-controlled House, the bill would need 60 votes in the Senate.

In his speech on the floor just prior to the vote, McCarthy emphasized that "we should care for the marginalized-for those who have their very humanity denied even as their noses, eyes, ears, heartbeats, and every movement are visible testaments of their life". "But this bill did receive ... support in 2015 from Democratic senators".