20-Week Abortion Ban Passes House, Faces Uphill Battle in Senate

House to vote on abortion ban after 20 weeks of pregnancy

But Franks said this is an important bill. "The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires". They can feel the needle piercing them during a digoxin abortion. There are nerves, but the connections are incomplete and can't register pain. In an interview, the group's chief executive officer, Hal Lawrence, said "the overwhelming amount of evidence" shows fetuses younger than that have reflex activity but lack the neurological development to sense pain.

According to a new study of more than 34,600 pre-term babies born between 1993 and 2012, published Tuesday in JAMA, overall survival rates for preemies between 22 and 28 weeks of gestation increased to 79 percent in 2012, up from 70 percent in 1993. The overwhelming majority of European countries ban abortion after the first trimester, just twelve weeks from conception.

"These unborn babies are feeling pain".

The bill could have a tough time passing the Senate, however, where Republicans' margin as the majority is 52-48. If the proposal becomes law, providers also could face fines and up to five years in prison.

The bill, which is backed by Donald Trump, will make it illegal to either carry out or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. "The United States is now out of the mainstream in the family of nations". The second-highest rate is less than half of that - 9.2 per every 100,000 women in the United Kingdom.

Abortion is an ugly business, and it gets uglier the later in the pregnancy it occurs.

Both medical experts and pro-life advocates have debated the fetal pain argument at the center of the policy.

"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. "Their pain is no longer invisible to us", House Speaker Paul Ryan told the chamber before the vote. "There is no place in these conversations for politicians pursuing an ideological agenda with no knowledge of the medical specifics of each case", NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement.

If so, the strategy certainly isn't new.

"This sort of late-term abortion, at the point when the child can actually feel the procedure, will continue to happen without a federal prohibition". Abortion-rights supporters say the laws violate Roe v. Wade, which found a constitutional right to abortions before viability.

"They should be focusing on the real issues like anti-gun violence, like relief for Puerto Rico, like job creation - everything else this country really needs to have addressed, instead of ideological abortion bans that only put women's health in danger", she said.

"Say at 19 weeks you see a heart defect that might cause a low or nonexistent quality of life - or death [of the child]", Ely said.

Rather than the 20-week ban, legislators could be voting to authorize funding to ensure 9 million children have health care access through the Children's Health Insurance Program, or lifting the Jones Act to ensure families of Puerto Rico have unfettered access to food and supplies, or expanding Medicaid, or enacting legislation to curb mass shootings and domestic terrorism that leave families mourning loved ones daily.

"That's a lot of angst, heartache, stress and trauma multiplied by this ban."

The exterior of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

This hasn't stopped the GOP from introducing similar legislation in the past.

Such claims rely on subjective interpretations of "late term" and "elective".

"20 week abortion bans are: unpopular, unconstitutional, part of the agenda to ban ALL abortion", tweeted Planned Parenthood.

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