House Approves Bill to Ban Abortions in U.S. After 20 Weeks

June 20, 2013

The U.S. House of Representatives this week approved a bill that would outlaw all abortions in the United States after 20 weeks — with rape, incest, and saving the mother from death being the only exceptions.

The vote on H.R. 1797, otherwise known as the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” was 228-196. You can find out how your representative voted here

As you might recall, the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy strongly opposed this measure and urged our supporters to contact their U.S. representative to vote “no.” We would like to thank all those who took action. 

Despite the unfortunate outcome, there is good news. It is unlikely this bill will be considered in the Democratic-controlled Senate (though it does have a companion, S. 886). Furthermore, even if the bill does somehow make it through the Senate, President Obama has promised a veto.

Still, the vote on H.R. 1797 shows that many members of Congress reject reason and science as bases for policymaking, and believe politicians—not women themselves, in consultation with their doctors—should control women’s reproductive choices. 

CFI’s Office of Public Policy remains dedicated to advocating for rational, secular government, and protecting a woman’s right to access the full range of reproductive health care. We will continue to work to prevent bills such as H.R. 1797 from becoming law and keep you updated as situations develop.