President Trump offered support for the bill during his election campaign. n In a letter he sent to anti-abortion leaders in September 2016, he promised to sign the law, "which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide".
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of NY said that he is supporting the bill and hopes the House and Senate will pass it. They also said they would push Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to bring up the bill in the Senate, in part to force Democrats facing re-election in conservative states to take hard votes.
"So we've made progress, and this bill helps us make progress on the life issue in general because it explains to people what we're talking about".
He never had to act.
While the House passed the same ban in 2015, Senate Democrats blocked the measure.
That same fate awaits it this year.
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Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, led a panel on "the current landscape for loving, life-affirming abortion alternatives that support women and families".
Anti-abortion groups, who see this measure as one their chief priorities, claim a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks or later but opponents argue the measure is founded on "junk science".
Only three Democrats joined Republicans.
When do fetuses feel pain?
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday in a near party-line vote of 237-189 in the lower chamber. "And this is part of that process to actually support the base who gave them their seats", Penny Young Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America (CWA), told LifeZette. "If you can't interpret it, it can't hurt". Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), along with Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), said in a statement the ban "endangers women, interferes with their private health care decisions, and marginalizes sexual assault victims while also being blatantly unconstitutional".
Among the bill's Republican supporters was Rep. Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania. He is now in kindergarten, and I found out when talking to him that we share a love of Legos. "Literally all the abortions we do after 20 weeks have been for severe fetal anomalies that make them basically incompatible with life". Violators could face five years in prison. Women will still have the right to an abortion after 20 weeks in the case of rape, incest, or if the pregnancy is causing danger to the life of the mother.
"Abortion after twenty weeks of pregnancy is rare and nearly always medically complicated". According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, of over 664,000 reported abortions in 2013, just 1.3 percent occurred at least 21 weeks into development.
"The Supreme Court has said that abortion is legal up to viability, which is 23 weeks", he said. But those who seek out the procedure later in pregnancy usually do so because of barriers to access including waiting periods, lack of Medicaid funding and having to travel long distances to reach health care providers.