40 years ago, abortion became a constitutional right for every woman in this county. 40 years later, there is still a hot debate going on. 40 years later, presidents are still being voted into office purely based on this one issue. 40 years later we, the American people, are still debating the whether or not it is right to abort.
Yesterday, however, the Republicans challenged the 1973 Supreme Court Ruling with a bill called The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This bill is based on a theory that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks during pregnancy. It is important to note that this theory is medically disputed.
The bill bans abortions beginning at 20 weeks after conception. This bill is also in response to the Kermit Gosnell trial. Kermit Gosnell was a Philadelphia abortion provider. He is now being convicted of murder due to performing illegal late-term abortions and when a newborn was born alive cutting their spine.
The Huffington Post had this to report,
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, authored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), bans abortions after 20 weeks, based on the medically disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at that point. It contains exceptions for women whose lives are in danger as well as some rape and incest victims who can prove that they reported their assaults to criminal authorities, but it contains no exceptions for severe fetal anomalies or situations in which the woman’s health is threatened by her pregnancy.
The House voted yesterday and passed the bill 228 to 196. While it is unknown whether or not this bill will become law, it has stirred up a debate that almost every American is passionate about.
The Detroit Free Press reported that Rep. John Conyers of Michigan had this to say,
The bill is “clearly is an attack on women’s constitutional right to choose and is one of the most far-reaching bans on abortion this committee has ever considered.”
What do you think? Should The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act become law?