Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

June-19-13

House Passes 20 Week Abortion Ban

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks gestation in a vote of 228 to 196.

The Pain Capable Child Protection Act would ban abortions after 20 weeks gestation except to save a woman's life. Victims of rape and incest are also exempt provided that they first report their assault to police. This is a change from the original bill which made no exception for rape or incest. There is still no exception to protect a woman's health or in cases of fetal abnormality.

The bill was approved in a mostly party-line vote. Only six Democrats and six Republicans voted differently from the rest of their party.

Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) said "[This bill] shows a distrust of women and a lack of the reality of sexual assault." Representative Louise Slaughter (D_NY) told reporters "Forty years ago, the Supreme Court affirmed that women in America have the constitutional right to make their own health care decisions without the government getting involved. Today, instead of focusing on creating jobs and improving our economy, the House majority is once again playing doctor and trying to tell American women what they can and can't do, despite what the Constitution tells them they can do."

Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-choice America told reporters, "Their relentless campaign to outlaw abortion will encourage more criminals like Kermit Gosnell. They will not stop until they completely undermine the ability of women to make personal, private medical decisions with their doctors." Vicki Saporta, President of the National Abortion Federation, said in a statement, "This bill dangerously jeopardizes the health and well-being of women in the United States who need abortion care later in pregnancy for a variety of reasons. Legislators cannot know the circumstances of every woman and her pregnancy, and should not interfere in personal, private medical decisions."

The bill has little to no chance of advancing passed the Democrat-controlled Senate, and if it were to pass President Obama has announced he will veto the legislation. In a statement released [PDF] on Monday, the administration said "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."

Media Resources: USA Today 6/19/2013; Huffington Post 6/18/2013; National Abortion Federation 6/18/2013; New York Times 6/18/2013; Reuters 6/18/2013; Statement of Administration Policy 6/17/2013


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

12/19/2014 Woman on Life Support Revives Ireland Abortion Debate - Debate surrounding Ireland's ban on abortion has come up again following a current case involving a woman who is being kept on life support because she is pregnant. The woman's family wants her to be taken off life support, but doctors refuse because Irish law says they must do what they can to protect the 16-week-old fetus. . . .
 
12/19/2014 DC City Council Unanimously Approves Reproductive Health Anti Discrimination Bill - Wednesday, the Washington, DC City Council unanimously passed a bill that will prohibit employer interference in the reproductive health decisions of their employees. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 was first introduced by DC Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), just ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of for-profit retail chain Hobby Lobby this summer. . . .
 
12/19/2014 Incremental Gains for Women in Congress - When the 114th Congress is sworn into office on January 3rd, 2015, there will be exactly the same number of women in Senate as the year before, 20, and a record-high number of women in the US House, 84. . . .