Bill that Aims to Make Abortion Illegal After 20 Weeks Passes in the House

Angelia Graham, Staff Writer

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed in the House on October 3rd. The bill proposes making abortion illegal in every state in the country after 20 week, except in cases of risk to the mother, rape, and incest.

According to the bill, doctors who perform an illegal abortion can risk spending up to five years in prison. President Trump strongly supports this act. In a campaign letter sent to Pro-Life leaders in September 2016, Trump confirmed his position as a pro-life candidate and mentioned that a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would “end painful late-term abortions nationwide.”

The bill has been controversial because of its claims about fetal pain, which many scientists claim are unsubstantiated by research. The bill states that, “There is substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier.”

Yet others say the science backing these facts aren’t true. According to an interview with Vox’s Anna North, Jennifer Conti, a clinical assistant, said that the whole ban is “just an arbitrary limit set in place by politicians that has no medical or scientific backing.”

In spite of a lot of opposition, the law, which is similar to legislation that failed to pass in 2013 and 2015, has strong support from the Trump administration. The White House stated that it “applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.”