It would make exceptions for the life of the mother, and for pregnancies that are the result of rape or incest.
"By even putting this issue on a national platform", she added, "you're misleading the American people".
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) protects pre-born babies 20 weeks and older from being killed in abortions because they feel pain. "I can not believe that we are here on the floor of the House, the people's House, continuing to plead and ask for life".
The bill passed largely along party lines, with 237 votes for and 189 against, CNN reported. "That our baby, despite his tiny misshapen heart and nonexistent aorta, should have a chance 'to live, ' even though that life might have lasted mere minutes".
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a bill today that would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks.
Mr. Speaker, this child is a gift from God, a gift that we have far too often abandoned in this country.
If the new proposal wins a majority in the GOP-controlled House, the bill would need 60 votes in the Senate.
On September 29, Planned Parenthood sent a memo to all U.S. House offices blasting the bill as "dangerous".
Why? Dr. Anand points out that "the highest density of pain receptors per square inch of skin in human development occurs in utero from 20 to 30 weeks gestation..." It is now just one of six nations to permit elective late-term abortion without restriction-the other five are North Korea, China, Vietnam, Canada, and Singapore. He called late-term abortions an "extreme and barbaric practice".
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is similar to legislation that failed in 2013 and 2015, has support from the White House this time around. Additionally, the bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization. "We've had these conversations, we've had these elections and we actually know where we stand".
As for the narrowly divided Senate, where passing abortion-related bills can be harder than in the House, the legislation may not get floor time anytime soon. "Do they talk about protecting Americans from that type of violence? No".
On Monday, the White House quietly backed a bill that would close the window of time for legal abortions in the USA, though medical evidence behind the proposed change is scarce.
Chuck Donovan, president of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said Democrats will probably block the bill once it reaches the Senate. "Not only does this legislation protect unborn children, but it also protects women who face substantially higher risk of complications from a late-term abortion". "This risky, out-of-touch legislation is nothing more than yet another attempt to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion", said the organization on its website. Hopefully, our humanity will come through as this act is brought to a vote and the innate good that abides in each of us will win out, making late-term abortions a thing of the past. Rather, it might just be another emotional appeal to justify limiting access to abortions, they said.