The House passed a 20 week abortion ban Wednesday, months after an earlier attempt failed because of Republican concerns about language in the initial bill regarding rape and incest.
The bill bans abortions after five months, when the unborn babies are capable of feeling pain, except in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. A rule requiring rape victims seeking a late term abortion to report the crime was replaced with a mandatory 48 hour waiting period.
It’s now up to the doctor to ensure the woman accessed medical help or counseling 48 hours before the abortion, which sufficiently allayed concerns the former provision was inconsiderate and harsh. (RELATED: House Abandons Abortion, Border Security Bills)
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