On Tuesday, the House of Representatives will vote on a bill that bans abortions after the 20th week in a pregnancy. The bill passed through a House committee last week.
H.R. 1797 would prohibit an abortion after twenty weeks with the exception of a risk to the mother’s life. Scientific evidence has shown that by the 20th week of the pregnancy the unborn child can experience excruciating pain during the abortion process.
Earlier today, Democratic Party Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz tweeted “The GOP’s abortion bill is an extreme, unprecedented reach into women’s lives” and “Women shouldn’t have to worry that our government will try to interfere in personal healthcare decisions.
The White House issued the following Statement of Administration Policy.
The Administration strongly opposes H.R. 1797, which would unacceptably restrict women’s health and reproductive rights and is an assault on a woman’s right to choose. Women should be able to make their own choices about their bodies and their health care, and Government should not inject itself into decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.
Forty years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to privacy, including
the right to choose. This bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade and shows contempt for women’s health and rights, the role doctors play in their patients’ health care decisions, and the Constitution. The Administration is continuing its efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies, expand access to contraception, support maternal and child health, and minimize the need for abortion. At the same time, the Administration is committed to the protection of women’s health and reproductive freedom and to supporting women and families in the choices they make.
If the President were presented with this legislation, his senior advisors would recommend that he
veto this bill.
The National Right to Life Committee has said:
This is the most important pro-life bill to reach the U.S. House floor since the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, ten years ago. H.R. 1797, based on an NRLC model bill already enacted in nine states, would generally prohibit abortion after 20 weeks fetal age (the beginning of the sixth month). The bill is based on compelling scientific evidence that by 20 weeks (if not earlier), the unborn child is capable of experiencing excruciating pain while being aborted.
By following this link, you can send an email to your Senators and Congressmen in support of the legislation.