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House Passes 'Pain Capable' Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks

05 October 2017

"The fact is that more than 18,000 late-term, pain capable unborn babies were torturously killed without anesthesia in America in just the a year ago", Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), who introduced the bill, said on the House Floor Monday evening.

The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act", otherwise known as HR 36, bans performed or attempted abortions on women who are 20 weeks pregnant or more. The only exceptions are if mother's life is threatened, or in cases of rape and incest - but only after the woman has received counseling and treatment at least 48 hours before the abortion.

Mr Trump demonstrated his commitment to anti-abortion policies on his fourth day in office - he signed an executive order barring USA funding for any worldwide aid groups which give women information about abortion, even if they do not perform the procedures. A bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks passed the House of Representatives in 2013, but failed to gain the support needed to pass the Senate.

"So often we get caught up in the policies of this issue and we forget that these are babies, for goodness sake", Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby said in a speech on the House floor.

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"Anti-abortion leaders in Congress didn't miss a beat in their crusade to compromise women's health and safety".

"We hold that every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law".

Similar legislation is already enacted in several states.

The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) group noted in its Tuesday press release that nationwide polling from companies such as Quinnipiac, the Huffington Post, NBC/Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post/ABC News, and others have found that "a plurality or majority" of Americans support limiting abortions to about the first 20 weeks. "Being denied abortion sets women back financially while abortion allows them to continue on a path toward economic stability".

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Democrats blasted the bill that they said would hurt the small number of women who learn after five months that their fetus has medical complications that are likely fatal and who seen an abortion. "We've had these conversations, we've had these elections and we actually know where we stand".

"I can say without a shadow of a doubt that we made the right decision for our family - and that our government has absolutely no place in the anguish which accompanies a late-term abortion, except to ensure that women and their families have the right to make their choice safely and privately", she added. Defines "appropriate relief" in a civil action to include: (1) objectively verifiable money damages for all injuries, psychological and physical, occasioned by the violation; (2) statutory damages equal to three times the cost of the abortion; and (3) punitive damages.

The big problem here, doctors say, is that the bill is based entirely on bad science. Nor can we trust a Republican attorney general such as John Adams - who has called the legal basis of Roe v. Wade 'really questionable' - to fight such a ban. The opposition Democratic MPs voted "no" to design nearly without a fire. The Senate has no plans to consider it, and it would probably be subject to a Democratic filibuster if Republicans could manage to get a majority to vote for it, also doubtful. On the heels of their failure to pass an ACA repeal bill that would have left millions of women without coverage, H.R. 36 takes another wrong turn.

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House Passes 'Pain Capable' Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks