Category: News Briefs Published on Wednesday, 19 June 2013 09:49 Written by ABC News
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted this evening to pass legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks, except in what Democrats assailed as “narrow” cases of incest of a minor, rape, and health of the mother, prompting a partisan debate on the House floor as lawmakers grappled over the question of how soon a fetus is able to detect pain in the womb.
The bill, H.R. 1797 – Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed by a vote of 228-196. Six Republicans opposed the measure, while six Democrats crossed the aisle to support it.
Republicans contend that a fetus is capable of detecting pain well before the current cut-off for abortions, at 24 weeks. Continue To ABC News...
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