Trump Administration Supports Bill That Bans Late-Term Abortions

Ebony Scott
October 5, 2017

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.

"I applaud the House passage of a bill to protect against late abortion of unborn children since they can feel excruciating pain by 20 weeks after fertilization".

Now the measure has full support from the White House.

H.R. 36 is an unconstitutional ban on virtually all abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, regardless of whether the pregnancy would harm the woman's health or the fetus has severe abnormalities that would make survival unlikely or impossible.

Under the bill, which hasn't been considered by the Senate, a violator performing or attempting to abort a fetus beyond 20 weeks could be fined or sentenced to five years in prison. US President Donald Trump supports hardened bill of law.

The White House said October 2 that it "strongly supports" the bill and "applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections", the Hill reported. Yet only two - that's right, two - House Republicans voted against it (Rodney Frelinghuysen of New Jersey, and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania; Dent is not running for reelection). "It is the goal of the Congress to assert a compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain". "We should care for the defenseless-for those who will only be saved if we act to protect them", McCarthy said.

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U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, the bill's sponsor, claimed his bill has "overwhelming support" among Americans.

Critics of the bill say that it could pose serious risks to women's rights and health.

If a baby undergoing such an abortion is born alive, he must be treated the same as "a child born alive at the same gestational age in the course of a natural birth" and immediately admitted to a hospital.

"By even putting this issue on a national platform", she added, "you're misleading the American people". Federal legislation barring abortions has been pursued in the past. "In like manner, an unborn child at 20 weeks gestation will feel the pain". Late, dismemberment abortions are too extreme for America. "[It's] not a near-term priority", said GOP Whip John Cornyn on Monday when asked whether the Senate would consider the legislation.

Why? Dr. Anand points out that "the highest density of pain receptors per square inch of skin in human development occurs in utero from 20 to 30 weeks gestation..." The Planned Parenthood Action Fund called it "dangerous" and another attempt to restrict women's access to safe abortions. Anti-abortion groups would like to use the law to attack Roe v. Wade, Mother Jones reports. Similar bans have been blocked in Arizona and Idaho, while Georgia's law is being challenged in court by three abortionists. Critics maintain the science is iffy, and cite a FactCheck.org page that interviewed experts who say, while a fetus might react at 20 weeks, it is not clear it is feeling pain.

As for the narrowly divided Senate, where passing abortion-related bills can be harder than in the House, the legislation may not get floor time anytime soon. And then, they will try to kill abortion with death by a thousand cuts...incremental reductions in the 20-week time limit which they hope to pass with future legislation.

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