DC Abortion Ban To Go To House For Vote

Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (R) is so concerned about abortion he’s on a crusade to ban it even in districts that he doesn’t represent.

Franks is the sponsor of a bill that would ban abortions in the District of Colombia after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The D.C. fetal pain is intended to spur a challenge to Roe v. Wade by specifically banning abortion pre-viability.

The legislation is based on the disputed claim that fetuses can feel pain at a gestational age of 20 weeks or older. Opponents call the bill an attempt to undermine a womanís right to an abortion and an intrusion upon the districtís self-rule. The National Right to Life Committee, an anti-abortion group, has made the bill its top priority on Capitol Hill this year. Nine states have passed similar legislation.

The House Judiciary Committee voted today to approve the bill which now goes to the House for a floor vote. The bill is not expected to become law with Democrats controlling the White House and Senate.

But that won’t stop Rep. Franks and House Republicans for pushing the matter.

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Carolyn S.
Carolyn S.4 years ago

To me, this would probably be the only way I would support anti-abortion, but it would be allowed to save the life of the mother. Women should make the abortion decision long before the baby is 20 weeks along.

Patricia M.
Patricia M.4 years ago

I got the perfect answer, "women should form their own political party & call it "The Bobbitt Party"!

Patricia M.
Patricia M.4 years ago

No, Francis C., never should any government interfer with our Rights as Women, we worked hard to come above men's tyrannical ways against us. We owned businesses, raised children alone just fine without the help of men if we were widowed or divorced. We got educated, we taught incoming generations, now the populace of Congress is fearing we can overcome & rule this country. They forget easily that without a woman, none of them, or us, would be here. They fear the worst truth of all, we can lead ourselves & do not need them...

As far as banning abortions & ruling that miscarriages should be punished, this is holy roller religion speaking and if that is what is behind Republicans, let's impeach every Republican in Congress one way or another. More & more Congress of today sounds like a cult and is showing how utterly stupid they are. What a woman does to her own body is between herself and God, when He calls her. Anyone in Congress is nowhere near having such great contact with Him, but definitely are in conspiracy with Satan to ruin this world...

Frances C.
Frances C.4 years ago

I have an idea...Trent you get the Congress and the NRA to pass legislation to ban assault rifles, oozies, multi bullet guns, you know pass some sensible gun laws which will save thousand of lives. Then we women might let you interfere in our private decisions.

Amanda M.
Amanda M.4 years ago

Hey, Rethuglican Religious Reich: First off, worry about what's going on in your own states/districts-that's what you were elected to do! Second, what a woman does with her own body is NONE OF YOUR GODDAMN BUSINESS, especially if you possess a penis!

I just hope that enough women remain pissed off about what the RRR is trying to do to this formerly great nation enough so that we rise up against the wannabe theocrats and vote the RRR OUT of office this November! Otherwise, if you're a woman, especially a woman of childbearing age, LGBT, a member of the working class/poor, or a non-Christian, this country will be no safe place to be!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the article

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola4 years ago

Thanks for the article

Edith B.
Edith B.4 years ago

The people who are making these laws for the most part, do not have a uterus, can never give birth, and have no idea what a woman goes through when she is pregnant, and is told there is something wrong. A woman who has a miscarriage goes through hell, yet some of these idiots want miscarriages investigated to see if they were really abortions that were not reported. The women in this country need to wake up and start demanding better treatment.

John B.
John B.4 years ago

Thanks Jessica for the article.

Sherrie Brunell
Sherrie Brunell4 years ago

Dawid B: Good for Trent Franks. He will help sparing the lives of defenceless unborn kids.

Yes, thank goodness those kids will be born into poverty and abuse. Thank goodness they won't get enough to eat on a regular basis, because their parents don't make enough money to keep them fed and the government has destroyed all safety nets for the poor.

Thank goodness they will be born. Otherwise, how could we abuse, starve and then use them for cannon fodder or in debtor's prison? How else are the 1% going to make money off of them?