The House just approved a bill that will ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. A measure backed by the Trump Administration but still has to face the senate.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would make it a crime to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.
The bill allows exceptions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the woman and wouldn’t penalize women for seeking to get abortions after 20 weeks.
It passed heavily 237 to 189.
“So often we get caught up in the policies of this issue and we forget that these are babies, for goodness sake,” Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby said in a speech on the House floor. “They feel pain and we need to protect them.”
Abortion activists are in a frenzy with law makers stating:
“When abortion is banned, it does not go away,” Oregon Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici stated before the vote. “It drives women to unsafe back alleys and to dangerous self-induced abortion.”
The White House stated on Monday that it “strongly supports” the efforts to “secure critical pro-life protections” and that the bill provides children with the “stronger protections” they deserve.