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House Passes Bill Prohibiting Abortion After 20 Weeks

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The US House of Representatives has passed a Bill that prohibits abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Republican-controlled US House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act largely along party lines, by 237-189 vote.

This bill amends the federal criminal code to make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion if the post-fertilization age of the fetus is 20 weeks or more.

A violator is subject to a fine or up to five years in prison, or both.

The bill provides exceptions for an abortion if it is necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

The Bill makes it clear that a woman who undergoes a prohibited abortion may not be prosecuted.

The United States is only one of seven countries in the world, including North Korea and China, which allow elective abortions after 20 weeks.

The legislation has been a priority for President Donald Trump, but it is not certain if it will pass the Senate, as the Democrats vehemently opposes the Bill. Democrats have vowed to fight the "disgraceful" bill.

Democratic National Committee chief executive Jess O'Connell said the bill is another shameful attack on women's rights and public health as it restricts women's access to safe and legal abortion. He accused the Republicans of depriving millions of women across the country of their fundamental right to make the health care decisions that are best for them and their families.

Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who sponsored the Bill, called on Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and the Senate to pass the measure. "To allow Democrat proponents of abortion-on-demand throughout all nine months of pregnancy to use the arcane 60-vote Senate filibuster to prevent this bill from getting a fair up-or-down vote would be an overt betrayal of innocent blood and the most fundamental failure of leadership," he said in a statement.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn babies by restricting abortions to 20 weeks and after fertilization occurs—the point at which science has proven an unborn baby can feel pain.

by RTT Staff Writer

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