The West Virginia Senate last week passed a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks, four weeks before a fetus is widely recognized as “viable,” the standard for legally-protected abortion in the United States.
The GOP-controlled West Virginia house today voted 87 to 12 to pass a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization, with no exception for rape or incest.
A Virginia house subcommittee on Friday defeated HB 2321, which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Anti-choice groups have aggressively lobbied Congress to move this and other bills restricting reproductive freedom, and lawmakers like Trent Franks and Marsha Blackburn have proved happy to oblige.
South Carolina lawmakers, in their first opportunity to pre-file bills ahead of the 2015-2016 legislative session, last week submitted at least eight anti-choice bills to be taken up next year, featuring an array of radical abortion restrictions pushed by anti-choice legislators across the country.
A panel of judges is considering overturning a lower court’s ruling that the state’s 20-week abortion ban is unconstitutional.
Gosnell’s murders were already illegal under current law, so neither HR 1797, nor any other 20-week ban, would prevent another Gosnell. But anti-choice laws could push more women to obtain unsafe abortions.
Once more, the Republican controlled House is seeking to limit women’s access to safe reproductive health care through the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.”
Minnesota’s anti-choice community is hoping to pass a so-called “fetal pain” ban, relying on the fact that the state already offers anesthesia for late term abortions.
Extensive scientific review shows that fetuses cannot feel pain at 20 weeks, and New Scientific explains how the experts who testified in Nebraska are wrong.