New Bill Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks

New Bill Bans Abortions After 20 Weeks


May 14, 2015

The House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Earlier this year, there was a vote on a similar bill, the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which female House Republican members and abortion rights advocates rebelled against.  

The original version of the bill included a mandate that rape survivors who seek abortions after being assaulted were required to file a police report to support their claims, reports CNN. The new bill eliminates the requirement to report a sexual assault. Women who were assaulted must receive medical care or counseling at least 48 hours before they have the procedure. 

"Once again, some members of Congress think politics  not medical expertise or a woman's health — should drive important health care decisions," Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for health and reproductive rights for the National Women's Law Center, said in a statement. "Passing an unconstitutional nationwide ban on later abortions does nothing to help women  instead, it threatens their health and lives and interferes in their personal medical decisions."

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also voiced her opinions on the matter via Twitter: 

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