Bill Banning Abortions After 20 Weeks Passes House

Oct 4, 2017

The House of Representatives passed legislation to ban abortions after 20 weeks. The bill was approved on a 237-189 vote. Representative Chris Smith spoke on the House floor saying, “Today we know that unborn babies not only die but suffer excruciating pain during dismemberment abortion — a cruelty that rips arms and legs off a helpless child.” Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers has a ten year old son who has Down Syndrome. She said, “Part of being an American is not letting others define us. I look at my son, Cole, and see a healthy 10-year old boy working his way through 5th grade. His life is different than what we expected, but he plays sports and is in cub scouts. I’m proud to support legislation that reflects our values and protects the sanctity of life, and I urge my colleagues to do the same.” The legislation will now go to the Senate, and if it passes the Senate, President Trump is expected to sign it into law.