The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday affirmed a bill that would boycott abortions following 20 weeks of pregnancy – a measure upheld by the Trump White House but as yet facing one in a million chances in the Senate.
The measure passed 237 to 189.
“So often we get caught up in the policies of this issue and we forget that these are babies, for goodness sake,” Alabama Republican Rep. Martha Roby said in a speech on the House floor. “They feel pain and we need to protect them.”
The measure confronted solid resistance from abortion-rights legislators.
“When abortion is banned, it does not go away,” Oregon Democratic Rep. Suzanne Bonamici said on the floor before the vote. “It drives women to unsafe back alleys and to dangerous self-induced abortion.”
The White House said Monday that it “strongly supports” the efforts to “secure critical pro-life protections” and that the bill gives youngsters the “stronger protections” they merit.
“The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our Nation aspires,” the White House also said in a statement. “Additionally, the bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life, as recent advancements have revealed that the physical structures necessary to experience pain are developed within 20 weeks of fertilization.”