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:
When it comes to women's health, there are two kinds of experts: women and their doctors. True 40+ years ago, true today. -H— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 13, 2015