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House Lawmakers Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban

House Lawmakers Introduce 20-Week Abortion Ban

January 7, 2015 — Conservative House lawmakers on Tuesday, the first day of the new congressional session, reintroduced legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, The Hill reports.

Republican Reps. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and Trent Franks (Ariz.) introduced the legislation, which is similar to a bill (HR 1797) the House passed in 2013. The proposed 20-week ban is based on the disputed notion that a fetus can feel pain at that point of development.

Meanwhile, an aide to Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) said that the senator plans to reintroduce companion legislation early this year.

According to The Hill, the House and Senate bills are both expected to receive a vote this session in the GOP-controlled chambers (Viebeck, The Hill, 1/6). Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last year promised to hold a vote in the Senate on a 20-week abortion ban if the GOP gained control of the Senate (Women's Health Policy Report, 12/8/14).