H.R. 1797: The Abortion Bill

The House passed H.R. 1797 the “District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”, which makes it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a fetus that is over 20 weeks old.

*Get all the details and more in Congressional Dish episode CD032: The Abortion Bill*

Background

Doctors who perform surgeries will provide anesthesia to a fetus over 20 weeks during a surgery because there is some scientific evidence to suggest that the baby can feel pain by that age.

Bill Highlights

Section 3

  • Doctors can not perform an abortion on a fetus whose post-fertilization age is 20 weeks or more.
  • The doctor can be sentenced to a fine and 5 years in prision
  • The mother can’t be prosecuted.

Exceptions when an abortion of a fetus over 20 weeks would be allowed:

  • If the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life
  • If the mother was raped and the rape was reported to the authorities
  • If the mother is a minor and a victim of incest.

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