Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

House Republicans Just Voted (Again) to Outlaw Abortions After 20 Weeks

House Republicans Just Voted (Again) to Outlaw Abortions After 20 Weeks

All Ohio Republicans supported the bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, while all Ohio Democrats opposed it.

But Franks said this is an important bill.

"Neurologically, the science is pretty incontrovertible", Sara Imershein, an OB-GYN in Washington, D.C., said by phone. "Instead of pain-instead of pain-we should fill them with love". There are nerves, but the connections are incomplete and can't register pain.

Outright denying this, the bill says that there is "substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain by at least 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier", and calls for Congress to assert its interest in protecting a life that can feel pain. But it fails to cite any research supporting that claim. One 2005 study even suggests that fetuses can't feel pain until around the third trimester.

Republicans say recent scientific developments have shown fetuses at 20 weeks can feel pain.

But opponents of an abortion ban strongly dispute this. On its face, it doesn't make any sense. "We can not as a society - with good and upright conscience - ignore it". Trent Franks (R-Arizona), is similar to legislation that Republicans attempted to pass in 2013 and 2015.

The one of seven out of 198 countries that allows elective abortions for any reason more than halfway through pregnancy. The second-highest rate is less than half of that - 9.2 per every 100,000 women in the United Kingdom. He said the law shouldn't treat children differently based on if they're in the womb or not. "I'm not going to wait until my patient is dying to help her". "Women across the country deserve better", he said.

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Several medical experts said the bill isn't about fetal pain at all. The vast majority of abortion procedures are performed before 20 weeks. "It is the objective of the Congress to assert a compelling governmental interest in protecting the lives of unborn children from the stage at which substantial medical evidence indicates that they are capable of feeling pain".

If so, the strategy certainly isn't new.

"This new law may not end abortion, but it will end some abortions and will save thousands of lives", Newman said. This bill prohibits federal funding for abortions and for any insurance plan that includes abortion on demand. 20-week bans are a clear attempt to erode Roe v. Wade. "But this is all part of, you know, the road to getting there". "We believe that no person or government has the right to take the life of an innocent human being - and we hold that the real problems that lead women to consider abortion should be addressed with solutions that support both mother and child", Dolan wrote.

The bill also stipulates that any abortion committed on an "excepted" baby must be done in a way that makes it most likely the baby will survive.

The National Network of Abortion Funds is sickened that Congressional legislators have chosen the anniversary of Rosie Jimenez's death, from an illegal abortion due to the Hyde Amendment, to put politics ahead of the healthcare needs of their constituents and try to once again unconstitutionally ban abortion at 20 weeks. "And there isn't much argument about how well developed the nervous system is at 20 weeks".

"That's a lot of angst, heartache, stress and trauma multiplied by this ban."

Prompted by a court order tied to a 1999 lawsuit, major USA tobacco companies will soon be publishing blunt statements on the harms to health of their products. If an abortion is performed after that date, it's usually due to "very complex circumstances", such as fetal anomalies and risks to the pregnant woman's health.

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