WASHINGTON — Legislation that would outlaw nearly all abortions after the 22nd week of pregnancy was put on a fast track to the House floor on Wednesday after being approved in committee on a party-line vote.
The 20-to-12 vote by the House Judiciary Committee on the Republican-sponsored Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is the latest instance in which abortion opponents, emboldened by a series of victories in the states, have pursued a new legislative strategy that aims to focus public attention on the disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain.
“Delivered or not, babies are babies, and it has been shown that they can feel pain at least by 20 weeks,” said Representative Robert W. Goodlatte, the Virginia Republican who is the chairman of the committee. “It is time to welcome young children who can feel pain into the human family. And this bill, at last, will do just that.”
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In the wake of the gruesome revelations of the slaying of infants born alive after attempted abortions by Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell – babies literally butchered to death – the American consciousness has awoken to the reality of the heinous life-ending practice of abortion.
Now, in a significant victory for life, the House of Representatives has passed a bipartisan – let us repeat that, bi-partisan – bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” introduced by Representative Trent Franks (AZ-8) and cosponsored by 184 members of the House, Republicans and Democrats alike, makes it illegal to commit an abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy. And just to clear up one of the fallacies that has been put forward by opponents of the bill, this legislation imposes a restriction on abortionists, not on the expectant mother. In fact, no expectant mother can be prosecuted for seeking or obtaining such a late-term abortion. The bill also contains exceptions for cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother.
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Even though President Obama threatened to veto this bill hours before it passed the House of Representatives because he considers it to be “an assault on a woman’s right to choose” and “a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade,” this is nonetheless still very good news for the pro-life community. Politico reports:
The House Tuesday passed a bill that would ban most abortions nationwide after 20 weeks. The most far-reaching abortion legislation in the House in a decade, it was passed 228-196 mostly along party lines.
The vote is largely symbolic: The bill will be dead on arrival in the Senate. And the White House has already threatened to veto the“fetal pain” legislation, which is based on the controversial assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that stage of development.
But Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill’s sponsor, didn’t find that discouraging. He pointed to the last time Congress passed a bill of this scope, the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. That bill fell short and faced court battles before it finally became law.
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