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senate Bill S. 3275

Should Abortions After 20 Weeks of Pregnancy Be Prohibited (With Exceptions)?

Argument in favor

Unborn babies can feel pain at 20 weeks after fertilization, and abortions that occur after 5 months of pregnancy are cruel and should be outlawed except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the mother’s life.

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02/25/2020
It’s sad that this even has to be legislated.
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Joan's Opinion
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02/25/2020
What kind of person can murder a baby that is able to feel the pain while being aborted? There are other options.
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02/25/2020
Abortion is wrong in and of itself. There should be no exceptions. In America, the birth of a child does not put the life of a mother in danger, nor is that child’s viability threatened. With our advanced healthcare system, there should be no reason to kill another human being.
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Argument opposed

This bill would place undue restrictions on the ability of women to make their own reproductive health decisions. There shouldn’t be a time limit on the right to an abortion.

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02/25/2020
This will fall on deaf ears, but this is my question. What is your end game? Once you set your precedent with this law, what’s the next target the religious right has in store? Will you take away a woman’s right to work? Own property? Vote? This is my greatest fear. I’m not from the fifties and nor do I think it was a great time period in our history, unless you were white and male. And to be clear, no one is pro abortion, it’s choice. You can’t force anyone to care for a child, we see that every day. Until you support families with paid parental leave, subsidized child care, the worlds best education, support for families that have disabled children, access to safe birth control, you cannot take away choice.
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jimK's Opinion
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02/25/2020
Linseed Lindsey, please just slide away. I don’t believe that you have any particular credentials in medicine generally or in obstetrics, in particular. I do not see that you were advised by or consulted with credentialed panels of medical experts to recommend or endorse your proposal. I don’t believe you have any particular mandate or authority to violate our Country’s religious freedoms by imposing religious beliefs of some part of our country on all of the rest of our country. So just what the hell are you doing? Let medical professionals handle medicine in concert with the needs of their patients. … … … Besides all of that, since you are part of the “Slimy Three Amigo’s” (Yourself, Moscow Mitch, and Rancid Paul), it can be pretty much assured that anything you propose is strictly for your own self interests - even though the connections may not always be obvious. Perhaps it would be best for the three of you to gather together under Moscow Mitch’s turtle shell and quietly slither back to your polluted swamp- where you can no longer breed anymore of your kind.
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02/25/2020
Separate church and state. Protect women’s rights. Support Jaime Harrison to #sendlindseyhome
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What is Senate Bill S. 3275?

This bill — the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Abortions after 20 weeks would be allowed if the mother’s life is threatened by the pregnancy or if the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. It would also require an abortion provider to be trained in neonatal resuscitation and to exercise the degree of care necessary to save the life of a child born alive after an attempted abortion, including admission to the hospital. Doctors who violate the bill's requirements would face a fine, up to five years in prison, or both.

A woman, or the parents of a minor, would be able to sue the provider for damages stemming from abortions provided in violation of this bill. No damages could be assessed against the woman upon whom the abortion was performed or attempted.

The bill includes findings that there is “substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least 20 weeks after fertilization, if not earlier.” For instance, the bill notes that at 20 weeks, “the unborn child reacts to stimuli that would be recognized as painful if applied to an adult human, for example, by recoiling.”

Impact

Pregnant women in the U.S.; abortion rights groups; anti-abortion activist groups; and healthcare providers offering abortions.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3275

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced this bill to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks post-fertilization, at which point the bill contends there is evidence the unborn can feel pain:

“There are only seven countries that allow wholesale abortions at the 20-week period, including China and North Korea. The United States should not be in that club. I don’t believe abortion, five months into pregnancy, makes us a better nation. America is at her best when she’s standing up for the least among us and the sooner we pass this legislation into law, the better. We are on the right side of history.”

The Trump administration released a statement in support of the House version of this legislation during the last Congress, saying that President Donald Trump would sign the bill into law.

Pro-choice groups denounced this legislation as an affront to a woman's right to obtain an abortion. Planned Parenthood tweeted that the bill's House counterpart in the previous Congress was "unpopular" and "unconstitutional" with NARAL adding it's part of a plan by "anti-choice House Republicans" to "ban abortion outright".

This legislation has the support of 47 cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Republicans. In the previous Congress, this bill’s House companion passed on a 237-189 vote while its predecessor in the Senate was blocked on a 51-46 procedural vote.


Of Note: According to the Guttmacher Institute there are 24 states that impose abortion bans after a certain number of weeks, 17 of which ban abortion at about 20 weeks post-fertilization or its equivalent of 22 weeks from the last menstrual period on the grounds that the fetus can feel pain. 

Only the U.S., Canada, North Korea, China, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Netherlands allow elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy according to Politifact.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Ambernectar 13 via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Official Title

A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to protect pain-capable unborn children, and for other purposes.

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    IntroducedFebruary 11th, 2020
    It’s sad that this even has to be legislated.
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    This will fall on deaf ears, but this is my question. What is your end game? Once you set your precedent with this law, what’s the next target the religious right has in store? Will you take away a woman’s right to work? Own property? Vote? This is my greatest fear. I’m not from the fifties and nor do I think it was a great time period in our history, unless you were white and male. And to be clear, no one is pro abortion, it’s choice. You can’t force anyone to care for a child, we see that every day. Until you support families with paid parental leave, subsidized child care, the worlds best education, support for families that have disabled children, access to safe birth control, you cannot take away choice.
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    Linseed Lindsey, please just slide away. I don’t believe that you have any particular credentials in medicine generally or in obstetrics, in particular. I do not see that you were advised by or consulted with credentialed panels of medical experts to recommend or endorse your proposal. I don’t believe you have any particular mandate or authority to violate our Country’s religious freedoms by imposing religious beliefs of some part of our country on all of the rest of our country. So just what the hell are you doing? Let medical professionals handle medicine in concert with the needs of their patients. … … … Besides all of that, since you are part of the “Slimy Three Amigo’s” (Yourself, Moscow Mitch, and Rancid Paul), it can be pretty much assured that anything you propose is strictly for your own self interests - even though the connections may not always be obvious. Perhaps it would be best for the three of you to gather together under Moscow Mitch’s turtle shell and quietly slither back to your polluted swamp- where you can no longer breed anymore of your kind.
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    This decision is between a woman and her health care professional.
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    Separate church and state. Protect women’s rights. Support Jaime Harrison to #sendlindseyhome
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    People who are having abortions after 20 weeks are usually doing it to spare their baby suffering or to preserve their own health. Keep all abortions (and especially later term abortions) safe and legal.
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    Let women make their own decisions.
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    Pro-choices. Stay away from my uterus & difficult decisions.
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    A woman's body and healthcare decisions should only belong to her with her doctors advice.
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    At no point is my right of consent removed from my body. I alone own my body. The government has NO RIGHT to obstruct my right of consent for MY organs! Independently of that TOTAL VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, less than 1% of abortions occur after 20 weeks anyway and essentially all are medical necessity. So this ISN’T necessary at all. It’s just the forced-birthers trying to get a legal foothold to remove women’s rights to THEIR OWN BODY! So NO NO NO! There is NEVER a legal or just law that removes a persons right to the ownership of their own body.
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    The decisions a woman must make regarding her body and her decision whether or not to have a child should NOT be subject to regulation or control of ANY government! Once a woman enters into a legal marriage contract, her spouse should have an equal say AND equal responsibility for the decision and for whatever results from that decision.BOTH parties should fully understand the legal contractual obligations involved BEFORE entering into the marriage contract. Like citizenship, marriage is a contractual agreement by two parties, and understanding those obligations is the responsibility of those seeking to be married. Outside the marriage agreement, the father’s rights to the child or decision-making regarding the child, including its name, may be agreed to by both parties but their agreement is not legally binding and may be subject to interpretation by a legal entity such as a court in certain circumstances. In the case of an unmarried woman, any decisions regarding her child are hers to make and to be fully responsible for. Our rights to personal freedom are guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution. Any alterations in those rights must have consent, such as the consent to share those decisions which is generally accepted to be part of the contract of marriage, where those rights are given up FREELY in order to establish a mutually dependent state of existence with a partner. Other than ensuring that the laws are fair and equally applied the government SHOULD HAVE NO ROLE! 🇺🇸
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    This is nothing but an attack on women’s autonomy. Vote no
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    Why is it Republicans are pro-life until they get their mistresses pregnant. This is fascist religious right-wing lunacy made into legislation.
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    Women should have a right to choose
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    A woman who faces this decision at this point in her pregnancy is not making it lightly. This is between a woman and her health care team. It is no place for the government!!
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    What kind of person can murder a baby that is able to feel the pain while being aborted? There are other options.
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    Abortion is wrong in and of itself. There should be no exceptions. In America, the birth of a child does not put the life of a mother in danger, nor is that child’s viability threatened. With our advanced healthcare system, there should be no reason to kill another human being.
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    If pregnancy termination is disallowed after that date, women will die. I had an ectopic pregnancy that went on for over 3 months. This is only one of the possible reasons for a medically necessary to terminate a pregnancy. This must be left up to the woman.
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    The government has no right to make decisions that should be left to a woman and her physician!
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    Stay out of women’s bodies.
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