Bill banning abortions after 20 weeks nears House vote
WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives is slated to vote this week on legislation to ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The bill, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, has strong Republican support, including from all five Louisiana House Republicans. Four -- Reps. Charles Boustany of Lafayette, John Fleming of Minden, Ralph Abraham of Alto and Garret Graves of Baton Rouge -- are co-sponsors. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, isn't a co-sponsor, but strongly supports the bill, according to aides.
Said Abraham: "This is strong, commonsense legislation focused on protecting the lives of unborn children and their mothers. I am thrilled that the new language in the bill is even stronger than the original bill in January, and I am proud to be a cosponsor."
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