Get ready, the divide may just get even wider. The Trump administration has formally backed House legislation on Monday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The White House administration stated that they “strongly support” the bill and it “applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.” This statement came from the Office of Management and Budget regarding the administration’s policy. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), and it will come up for a vote in the House on Tuesday.
If this bill passes, it would be a crime to administer or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The penalty would be a fine, and/or up to five years in prison. There would be exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. The bill would not penalize women for seeking an abortion after 20 weeks.
This same bill passed the House in 2015, but it was blocked by Senate Democrats. It is expected to pass the House again, but it will likely have problems again in the Senate. The legislation would need at least 60 votes, and Republicans only control 52 seats. Most Democrats oppose the bill.
President Trump has stated in the past that he would sign the bill if it passes Congress. The Office of Management and Budget wrote that if the bill passes in its current form, “his (Trump’s) advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law.”
What do you think about this renewed bill? Do you think it has a chance of getting to the president’s desk?
Credit: The Hill