"All of us-Republicans, Democrats, and Independents-can agree that the government has a vested interest in protecting the rights of children", Goodlatte wrote, "and that should include unborn children after 20 weeks".
Instead, these "pro-life" lawmakers are voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy nationwide.
It would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of fetal development. (The House is expected to delay a vote on a gun silencer bill that had been slated for this week.) The Trump White House even made a point of endorsing the abortion ban on Monday.
The divisive issue of abortion has once again been brought to the forefront of national conversations since President Donald Trump assumed office.
"The unborn children of America deserve a chance at life", Brownback said.
If the measure sounds familiar, that's because the House approved similar bills in 2013 and 2015, but failed to get enough support to make it through the Senate.
If a baby undergoing such an abortion is born alive, he must be treated the same as "a child born alive at the same gestational age in the course of a natural birth" and immediately admitted to a hospital. The vote was 237-189, with three Democrats supporting the act.
Two years ago, the bill passed in the House, but was blocked in the Senate. "[It's] not a near-term priority", said GOP Whip John Cornyn on Monday when asked whether the Senate would consider the legislation. However, more than a dozen states now ban them after 20 weeks.
"20 week abortion bans are: unpopular, unconstitutional, part of the agenda to ban ALL abortion", tweeted Planned Parenthood. "They will stand with Virginia women against these attacks on our rights and health".
While Utah passed a law requiring doctors to give anesthesia to a fetus prior to performing an abortion at 20 weeks of gestation or later, Vox writer Anna North argued the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act "is not based on accepted science" because fetuses are incapable of feeling pain.
In reasonable medical judgment, the abortion is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness, or physical injury, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself, but not including psychological or emotional conditions.The bill does not target women seeking abortion, but the providers executing the procedure.
And on Tuesday (yes, it really is only Tuesday), the same day the House is slated to vote on the bill, the self-identified "pro-life" White House opted to weigh in on the bill.
But the majority of Americans agree with criminalizing abortions after the second trimester.
Although only a few abortions occur after a fetus has reached 20 weeks, abortion rights advocates say those cases usually arise from a woman's health risks, financial concerns or a lack of resources for the pregnancy.
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