Federal 20-week Abortion Ban Still Moving Forward in the House

A bill to end abortion in the United States after 20 weeks will be advancing with the strong support of two leading pro-life Congressmen. According to Rep. Chris Smith, ongoing House discussions on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will result in the pro-life bill moving forward. “Very good language” is being put together, Smith told reporters, adding that the House Republican caucus “wouldn’t have something that would be unsupportable. Our leadership is genuinely pro-life.” In 2013, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act easily passed through the House, only to be stalled in the Senate. This year, an identical bill was halted, surprising and angering pro-life leaders who thought its passage was assured. That bill, H.R. 36, is now being rewritten so it can be voted on by the full House, though its final wording remains uncertain.