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Restrictive abortion bill faces House

A bill proposing a federal ban on abortions after 20 weeks will face the House Tuesday in what some call a challenge to Roe v Wade. The AP reports that House Republicans will put the law, titled the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” up to vote. The name refers to a debated theory that fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks in the womb. Under Roe v Wade, pregnancy can be terminated until the fetus is “viable” (generally agreed to be 24 weeks). Pro-choice advocates—and the White House—are solidly against the act, calling it unconstitutional.

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June 18, 2013 11:44 AM