House Passes Bill Restricting Abortions

The United States House passed a restrictive abortion measure last night that has no chance in the Senate.

As APRN’s Peter Granitz reports, it fell along party lines.

Representative Don Young joined nearly all of his Republican colleagues in voting to ban abortion after 20 weeks.

Six Democrats voted for the measure, and exactly six Republicans voted against it.

It’s the most stringent restriction on abortion to pass the House in years. Many House conservatives who pushed the bill contend that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks.

The House passed the bill despite a White House veto threat. The president said the bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade – the 1973 Supreme Court case easing access to the procedure.

But the White House threat means little, because the bill will not get any action in the Senate.

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