Thursday, January 26, 2012

Federal legislation hopes to ban late-term abortion in the nation's capital

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) has introduced legislation entitled, the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 3803), to ban prohibit abortions after 20-weeks in Washington, D.C. Some abortion clinics in Washington, D.C. advertise that they perform abortions thru 6 months of pregnancy. Five states have already passed late-term abortion bans using similar legislation.
In this bill, Congress would declare that at least by 20 weeks after fertilization, an unborn child has the capacity to experience pain -- and, on that basis, the bill would prohibit abortions within the Federal District (except when acute physical problems endanger the life of the mother) from that point on (from the beginning of the sixth month, in layperson's terminology).