Abortion has always been a tightly contested subject in American culture. Up until the Comstock laws were passed, abortion had been pretty commonplace and uncontroversial in any way. Even the Church didn’t have any problems with them on a federal level. Once we had the landmark Roe v. Wade case heard by the Supreme Court, we thought that we could put the dangerous practice of limiting access to safe abortions behind us. Now, conservatives want to pass the Pain-capable bill which would ban abortions after 20 weeks. Here’s what the bill is and why it’s not going to pass.
The House recently passed an abortion bill that’s essentially meaningless
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (or H.R. 36) is a new bill that was just passed in the in the House of Representatives, and is now on its way to the Senate. What the bill does is limit the number of weeks after conception that a woman can receive an abortion to 20 weeks. Exceptions are made for instances of rape or incest, and the child poses a threat to the mother’s life. The limit that is currently set varies from state to state, but the average would be around 24 weeks.
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