Next week, the House will vote on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks.
On Tuesday, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced that on October 3rd, the House would vote on the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
At a press conference, McCarthy said, “Not only will passing this legislation keep a promise we made, but all the work is for the same goal: ending suffering and helping people live.”
Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) sponsored the bill. The bill would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. It would entail a fine and/or up to five years in prison.
The bill wouldn’t penalize women for seeking to get abortions after 20 weeks. There are exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the woman.
The proposal will likely pass the House again, where Republicans have a large majority.
It will likely have a difficult day in the Senate, although because it needs at least 60 votes to pass. Republicans control 52 seats, and the majority of Democrats are expected to oppose the bill.
President Trump said he would sign the bill.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group, based in D.C. said, “We want to be there for the woman, and we know we need a law to protect the children.”
She continued, “We look forward to the vote next week, the vote in the Senate after and the signing from the president of the United States of America to stop this and keep us out of the company of North Korea and China as outliers of this law.”
What are your thoughts? Do you agree with this bill or not? What do you believe its chances are in the Senate?
Credit: The Hill