The Trump administration, through the Office of Management and Budget, has expressed its support of the bill, writing in a statement that it "applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections". This time, however, the bill is backed by the White House. This means that "any pain the unborn child experiences before these pain inhibitors are in place is likely more intense than the pain an older infant or adult experiences when subjected to similar types of injury".
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. "We should care for the defenseless-for those who will only be saved if we act to protect them", McCarthy said. The bill, also known as "Micah's Law", had 170 co-sponsors.
"Anti-abortion leaders in Congress didn't miss a beat in their crusade to compromise women's health and safety".
Gosnell was exposed aborting late-second and third trimester babies alive and murdering them by snipping their spinal cords with scissors.
"By even putting this issue on a national platform", she added, "you're misleading the American people". So, as our nation's understanding of fetal pain has become more advanced, protections for pain-capable unborn children have been signed into law in 20 states, including my home state of Indiana.
"That's not a near-term priority", Cornyn replied.
Opponents of the legislation contend the 20-week abortion ban would be unconstitutional.
The Planned Parenthood Action Fund called the proposed bill "dangerous, out of touch legislation" and another attempt to restrict women's access to safe, legal abortion. In his dissent to the U.S. Supreme Court's 2000 Stenberg v. Carhart decision, Justice Kennedy observed that in D&E dismemberment abortions, "The fetus, in many cases, dies just as a human adult or child would: It bleeds to death as it is torn limb from limb".
Left-leaning websites such as Vox claim the bill infringes on women's right to control their bodies. In addition, this bill provides exceptions to save the life of the mother, and in the case of rape or incest. Other studies cited in the review found that the capacity for "functional pain" in unborn fetuses "probably does not exist before 29 or 30 weeks".
Passage had been expected in the House, which passed the bill twice before only to see the measure die in the Senate in the face of Democratic opposition.
As the House debated its 20-week ban, another forum met to discuss what work could be done to reduce abortions in America.
"The big hurdle for us is going to be in the Senate, where we don't have quite enough of a pro-life majority to reach the 60-vote threshold", said Mallory Quigley, the spokeswoman.
This legislation plainly contradicted existing constitutional law and the consensus of scientists about "fetal pain", and aimed at mobilizing concerns over rare late-term abortions to undermine the legality of early-term abortions.