May 11, 2015

AND WE'RE ALL PREMATURE:

House GOP Revives Bill To Block Late-term Abortions, Armed with New Preemie Viability Data (Dina Fine Maron, May 11, 2015, Scientific American)

The bill, which bans abortions after 20 weeks, was put on legislative purgatory in January over provisions that some lawmakers feared would force rape victims to report crimes. But the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" is now being reintroduced with tweaked language that would require abortion seekers to complete an informed consent form signed by a physician performing the procedure and a witness. It removes the rape reporting requirement that was part of the earlier version of this bill.

"Knowing that premature babies are being saved as early as 22 weeks into fetal development, there is no legitimate reason to oppose this bill," Rep. Diane Black (R-Texas), a sponsor of the bill, said in a press release, referring to findings published May 7 in the New England Journal of Medicine. 

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