House panel considers abortion bill


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A bill banning most abortions after 20 weeks nationwide received consideration from a House panel on Thursday — and the Kermit Gosnell case and recent court rulings provided a fresh backdrop.

But the same familiar arguments in the fight over abortion dominated the discussion.

Rep. Trent Franks’s House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice heard testimony on his District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks based on the controversial assertion that a fetus can feel pain at that point in a pregnancy. The bill originally applied to just Washington, D.C., but Franks (R-Ariz.) announced last week he would amend it to cover all 50 states as well.

He did so, he says, because of the grisly case of Philadelphia abortion provider Gosnell, who was recently convicted of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of newborns in his clinic — along with hundreds of lesser charges, including performing abortions after 24 weeks in violation of Pennsylvania law.



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