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With Trump nod, House OKs 20-week abortion ban, but….

With Trump nod, House OKs 20-week abortion ban, but….

There are exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the woman, and the bill wouldn't penalize women for seeking abortions after 20 weeks.

Today Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) voted in support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), which restricts abortions 20 weeks or more after fertilization.

"We also have federally qualified health centers, that we don't talk enough about", Centofante said.

Republicans voted " Yes" Democrats "no " 234 Republican deputies voted "yes" in draft legislation aimed at hardening abortion law, while only 2 MPs opposed bill.

Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life, said she remains optimistic about the bill's chances.

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.

Madame Speaker, I respectfully ask that my colleagues respect unborn children as our nation's littlest patients who like any other patient may need diagnosis and benign interventions to treat disability or disease. However, should the House pass HR 36 today and if the Senate passes it as well, President Trump has said he would sign it.

Called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the bill is based on the false premise that a fetus older than 20 weeks would feel pain during an abortion. The state's nine Republican representatives supported the bill, including three - U.S. Reps. The bill would not bring the United States into line with Sweden (18 weeks) or Germany (12 weeks and mandatory Schwangerschaftskonfliktberatung, or abortion counseling) but it would represent a welcome step in the right direction.

Every advance against this barbaric and needless practice is to be welcomed.

It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where Republicans don't have the votes to override a filibuster from Democrats, who blocked similar versions of the legislation in 2013 and 2015.

The name of the bill functions on the premise that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks, an argument made by anti-abortion activists and politicians that has not been scientifically proven. "We've had these conversations, we've had these elections and we actually know where we stand". In passing the bill on to the GOP-led Senate, the House succeeded in moving President Donald Trump's agenda forward while giving the Senate an opportunity to begin redeeming itself.

"T$3 here's nearly no difference between killing a baby accidentally born alive in a late-term abortion, as Gosnell stands accused of, and killing the same baby in the womb, as more skilled doctors can do", wrote liberal, pro-choice Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson.

Trump has publically announced his support of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in a letter to anti-abortion supporters during his campaign, and on Monday, the White House issued a statement in support of the act. Can average people continue to do nothing just because they feel it will never affect them?

Planned Parenthood Action Fund also called the legislation "dangerous".

Despite's Long's concerns about how the Senate will act, a spokeswoman for the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List said the organization is not taking a Senate vote as a given. The vast majority of abortion procedures are performed before 20 weeks.