Republicans in the House of Representatives just passed a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks into a pregnancy, and includes possible charges of a fine and five years in prison.
The bill would provide exceptions to victims of rape and incest, and in the event the mother’s life was in danger.
Medical experts say the bill is “basically relying on junk science,” referring to the claim that fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks. Most physicians and medical organizations agree that a fetus cannot feel pain until the third trimester.
The bill will now go to the Senate, where it is unlikely to pass unless Republicans can somehow sway eight Democrats to support it. President Trump has indicated that he would sign the bill if it could pass the Senate.
“It’s past time for Congress to pass a nationwide law protecting unborn children from the unspeakable cruelty of late-term abortion,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, an anti-abortion group in D.C.
“The agenda behind this bill is clear: to shame women and to ban safe, legal abortion,” said Dana Singiser, vice president for government relations and public policy for Planned Parenthood.