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Congress should oppose the 20 week abortion ban


Congress should oppose the 20 week abortion ban
The Hill

This Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a bill that would impose a federal ban on abortion at or after 20 weeks post-fertilization (equivalent to 22 weeks gestation). The Senate is expected to take up the same legislation in the near future. Following on the heels of efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Actâs many gains and gut Medicaid, this is yet another attack that would do nothing to advance public health. Rather, it would politicize womenâs health, limit access to abortion care and stigmatize people who need later abortions.The bill, misleadingly labeled as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, is premised at least in part on the assertion that fetuses can experience pain starting at 20 weeks post-fertilization. However, that claim is not supported by the preponderance of scientific evidence The bill is also patently unconstitutional, since it would prohibit abortion before viability without any exception to preserve a womanâs health â an exception the U.

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