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.
Photo from Leader Nancy Pelosi via flickr.