Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, called the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.” Exceptions to this ban include if the mother’s life is in danger or if the baby was conceived through rape. The bill is sponsored by Republican Trent Franks from Arizona. This makes abortion a crime to perform or attempt, punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine.
Passing with a vote of 237 to 189, most republicans supported the bill and most democrats were against it. The bill will now be turned over to the Senate where it must pass before being signed into law by President Trump. The key argument of this bill is that unborn babies can feel pain by 20 weeks gestation. Opponents of this bill believe it takes away women’s right to control their own bodies.
Some congressmen say the Senate vote will not come anytime soon because it is not top priority compared to health care, infrastructure and tax reform.