New bill passed on late term abortions

Faith Castro
October 5, 2017

House Republicans delivered the pro-life movement a key victory Tuesday, voting 237-189 to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks. Support in the Senate could be a tougher fight.

In a statement of administration policy, the White House announced it strongly supports the legislation-called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act-sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.

The statement mentioned recent research showing a fetus feels pain 20 weeks into development.

The House Tuesday passed a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, a top priority of the anti-abortion movement, but the measure is widely expected to die in the Senate. "It will protect those children who science has proven can feel pain, and give them a chance to grow and live full and happy lives".

Franks' bill enjoyed the support of fellow conservatives in the GOP conference and from the influential Susan B. Anthony List pro-life group. "I can not believe that we are here on the floor of the House, the people's House, continuing to plead and ask for life".

The United States is one of only seven countries that allow elective, late-term abortions without restrictions. Like the Obamacare repeal bill that they passed more than 50 times, it is a typical piece of political posturing, pandering to the Religious Right, and it will probably never be enacted into law.

This time, however, the bill has presidential support. "We do not believe that a 20-week fetus can perceive pain". But opponents of the legislation argue 20-week abortion bans are unconstitutional.

This legislation plainly contradicted existing constitutional law and the consensus of scientists about "fetal pain", and aimed at mobilizing concerns over rare late-term abortions to undermine the legality of early-term abortions. After many months of haggling with Republicans and some reluctant Democrats, Obama was forced to accept some compromises that left the resultant legislation with significant flaws.

"Both Physicians for Reproductive Health and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists condemn these bans".

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The 20-week ban now proceeds to the Senate, which blocked it in 2015. They're looking for women's health all the way through.

Bill proponents also regularly cite the work of Kanwaljeet Anand, a professor of pediatrics, anesthesiology and neurobiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

"America's children deserve the stronger protections that H.R. 36 would advance", it says. "Passing H.R. 36 would mean medical decisions move out of the hands of medical professionals and pregnant people when abortion care is needed", Davis said.

"So I've had subsequent conversations with [Trump] on the issue of abortion. So why is the FDA keeping it locked away from women who need it?" "Many of the cases of people seeking termination after 20 weeks may be handling these really sad problems". The second-highest rate is less than half of that - 9.2 per every 100,000 women in the United Kingdom.

Later abortion recipients reported logistical delays like difficulty finding abortion providers or lack of funds for the procedure as the reasons for delays.

Researchers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are developing a technology that they hope-in a decade-will be the new standard of care for extremely premature infants.

Before an abortionist aborts a baby conceived in rape, he must report it to one of several entities.

"The big hurdle for us is going to be in the Senate, where we don't have quite enough of a pro-life majority to reach the 60-vote threshold", said Mallory Quigley, the spokeswoman. It will establish a principle that a woman's access to abortion can be limited by federal law. Even conditions like diabetes or multiple sclerosis wouldn't count unless they are likely to kill the woman outright. Prohibits assessing damages, attorney fees, or other monetary relief against the woman upon whom the abortion was performed or attempted, except in the case of attorney fees for the defendant where the plaintiff's suit was frivolous. "Almost half the women (46%) in our study of women who were denied wanted abortions reported that they were delayed trying to raise the money needed".

Ninety-nine percent of abortions already take place before 21 weeks, according to Planned Parenthood. Yet it was, right there on the maternity ward where the woman next door to me was celebrating the birth of her child. "It drives women to unsafe back alleys and to risky self-induced abortion".

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