WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republican-led House has passed a far-reaching anti-abortion bill, giving conservatives a claim to progress in their campaign against legal abortions and Democrats another reason to claim that the Republican agenda is anti-women.
The measure to restrict abortions to the first 20 weeks after conception has no future in the Democratic-led Senate and the White House has issued a veto threat. But it could still exert influence, both in next year's GOP primaries and in future court battles challenging the 1973 Supreme Court decision affirming a woman's right to end a pregnancy.
Oklahoma Congressman Jim Bridenstine voiced his opposition to abortion and support of the ban, saying: "even if we are not able to hear their cries, we are not absolved of the guilt of hearing their pain."
Congressman Markwayne Mullin also voted to support the ban and posted a YouTube
clip explaining his reasoning, saying "We should do everything possible to protect the unborn child, not the unborn fetus. And every opportunity we have to support or vote to try to stop this ridiculous act we’re going to do it."
Mullin also talked about seeing the ultra sound for his first child and feeling it was a child, not a fetus.
The House bill mirrors 20-week abortion bans laws passed by some 10 states. Most states allow abortions up to when a fetus becomes viable, generally considered to be around 24 weeks after conception.
The bill passed 228-196.
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