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Published On: Tue, Oct 3rd, 2017

House passes late term abortion ban, but bill will not pass Senate

As pro-lifers rejoice, the reality of the House voting to pass a 20-week abortion ban (with some exceptions) will certainly die in the Senate.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, was sponsored by strongly pro-life Rep. Trent Franks, R-AZ., passed 237 to 189 as two Republicans voted against the bill with three Democrats voting for it.

The bill contains rape and incest exceptions. For an abortion to take place, the abortionist must file a medical report with a state or federal agency saying an act of rape or incest conceived the child.

photo: 14 week fetus photo/ Your Pregnancy week by week

Much like the bill in 2015, the U.S. Senate would need 60 votes to pass and that is less likely in 2017 under President Trump. Democrats organized to block the 2015 measure as Senators voted 54-42 to progress the legislation, which then fell six short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure.

“This bill was cruel, and would have forced women into unimaginable situations for the sake of politics. That’s why it was deeply unpopular with the American public, and why the Senate rightly rejected it today,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, wrote at the time in an emailed statement.

Yes, the bill was cruel.

“At 20 weeks – halfway through pregnancy – an unborn baby is the size of a small cantaloupe. Mothers can feel their babies kicking. When they are operated on in the womb at this age, it’s standard medical practice to give the babies anesthesia,” Life Site News noted of the 20 week gestational age.

It’s cruel to prevent women from killing the kicking cantaloupe-sized baby.

Rep. Mia Love, R-UT, pointed out “some of the double standards that we have in this country.”

Killing a pregnant woman is considered double homicide, but abortion isn’t considered murder, she noted.

“This begs the question – when does the unborn have a right to protection just like their mother?” asked Love.

From Texas Right to Life today: “The science of preborn pain is undeniable.  These babies suffer intense pain when they are killed through abortion.  Such late abortions are performed using several methods, one of which is the barbaric practice of dismemberment abortion, in which the child is gruesomely ripped apart limb from limb and left to bleed to death in utero.  These late abortions are not rare and are frequently underreported.  Supporters of HR 36 are using #TheyFeelPain to emphasize that this prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks is not only about valuing preborn Life, but is also about protecting fellow vulnerable humans from suffering extreme pain as they are killed in utero through abortion.”

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