House passes late term abortion ban
June 18th, 2013
07:02 PM ET
10 years ago

House passes late term abortion ban

Washington (CNN) - The House of Representatives Tuesday passed a GOP-sponsored bill banning so- called "late term abortions" - procedures for women who are beyond 20 weeks into their pregnancy. The vote was 228-196, mostly along party lines.

The bill’s sponsor, Republican Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona, stirred up controversy last week when he opposed an effort by House Democrats to add an exception for women who are raped, arguing that "the incidents of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low."

House Democrats seized on the comment, and because of the backlash GOP leaders later decided to add new language to the bill allowing women who get pregnant as a result of rape or incest to obtain an abortion if they report the crime to authorities.

The White House has threatened a veto on the legislation, but the Democratic-led Senate is not expected to take up the measure.

Filed under: Abortion • House of Representatives
soundoff (276 Responses)
  1. Dad Dee Oh

    Late term abortion to exempt victims of rape? Kind of weird. Why wait until late term?

    June 18, 2013 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  2. Trevor

    Why do we pay people to write bills they know for a fact will never become law? Useless politicians.

    June 18, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  3. SteveOfTX

    House republicans still focused on "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!", I see.

    June 18, 2013 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  4. dougeshea

    What a waste of tax payers money for a so called symbolic abortion bill which is worthless, hey congress if you want to pass a bill for the American people, let it be a JOBS' BILL.

    June 18, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. freedom fan

    Put this issue back where it belongs, in the states.

    June 18, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  6. tina

    Why do the Gop hate women so much?

    June 18, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. Blue Dog

    Nothing new. GOP's war on women's choice keeps on going on.

    June 18, 2013 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. labman57

    Uh, what part of "unconstitutional statute" don't they understand?
    The legislation passed by the Republican-controlled House violates Roe vs. Wade, and since the U.S. Constitution charges the SCOTUS with interpreting law as to its constitutionality, any law which undermines this court decision is ... unconstitutional.

    It seems as though Congressional Republicans reside in a political bubble - isolated from the world of real science and true public opinion - where the only voices that they hear are the reverberating echoes of their own fact-devoid rhetoric.

    Once again, social conservatives are demonstrating their unwillingness to do their homework before taking a stand on important policy positions affecting millions of Americans. Lord knows we don't want to be informed about the fundamentals of human biology and medical treatments when creating legislation that would impact the health of so many women in America.

    And we certainly don't want our national leaders to be eloquent, scientifically literate, and generally well-informed about the world in which we live. Much better to derive scientific theories based on the cherry-picked passages taken from the Bible and to form national public policy based on the rumors, gossip, and unverified anecdotal accounts taken from online blogs.

    June 18, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  9. DarqueSide

    No need to worry because it's DOA in the Senate.

    June 18, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  10. MyNameIsMud

    Why the need for the rape victim loophole? Even if you were raped, you shouldn't need more than 5 months to decide if you're going to keep your baby!!

    June 18, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  11. smc

    Glad to see that Boehner and the House have their focus on creating American jobs.

    June 18, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. JeffinIL

    Congress is nothing but a money wasting circle jerk.

    June 18, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. JenniferUCD

    Another round of wasted time/ money/ effort on part of the House GOP. Can't they do anything even remotely useful?

    June 18, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Sigh

    I think it is sad how close the vote was. Who could possibly want to prevent this bill from being passed. Those babies are viable. I'm against abortion at any stage, but after 22 weeks I'm shocked there are still people for it. Those are fully formed babies and one could no longer hide behind the lump of cells nonsense that is sold to people. Doesn't surprise me the white house threatened a veto. Obama has been a huge supporter of murdering unborn babies. Do they want abortions right up to birth? After? What is the world coming to? For a so called civilized, educated country I can't believe how many still support these barbaric acts.

    June 18, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Bamador

    Not a big fan of the current GOP, but 20 weeks is not an unreasonable limit. Any woman that has been raped, reported or not, has 6 months to opt for an abortion. I am pro choice myself, and the inclusion of rape and incest is a big thing, but it's still 6 months. Thing is if we give them this cookie they will demand more.

    June 18, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. Roberto

    So long as women report the rape within one tenth of a second of being raped. Otherwise, they're screwed, so to speak. And, while we're at it, the comments by the erstwhile OB/GYN Rep. Michael Burgess about fetuses 'masturbating', uhh, well, let's just say...what do you expect from middle-aged to aging male Christian pooty-heads when it comes to their interpretation of human females and their children? I'm sure they know what God knows. Which is everything. Why haven't we turned this country over to these people a long time ago. They know everything. They know all things. They know what God knows. They're only trying to turn this country and this world around to the Bible, which, after all, is the literal word of God. No questions about it. There is no argument. Why waste your time arguing? They know all. And why are they in Congress if they know everything and all and what God knows? In essence, They Are God. Why are we even voting? They should take over by fiat. Because They Are God.

    June 18, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. sammy750

    Boehner allows this bill to be voted on, but he is holding back the immigration bill, unless it has the full house Republicans votes. Boehner picks and chooses what bills he will allow to pass. This guy, has many commentators on TV are saying is the WORST Speaker ever in the House. Darrell Issa Furious After Democrat Releases IRS Transcript That Blows Up His Investigation. Issa is a FRAUD on the American people and has wasted tens of millions on false investigations, not only on the IRS but other agencies. Issa only agenda is to go after Obama, leaving no stone unturned. Of course Issa has some buddies like Rogers and others that are helping him.
    People, the Republicans are a fraud and wasting tax payers money. It is time to defeat them. They are the real TERRORIST of this nation, the Republicans. They are also blocking all bills.

    June 18, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  18. JustAThought

    I have always been very clear in my status on this issue until knowing some things can happen where:
    A child is conceived that has an underdeveloped heart that cannot be corrected. The mother is "forced" to carry the child (since nothing was detected until after the 22nd week) to term whilst the child's circulatory system cannot exchange oxygen into the bloodstream.
    After having this child flip around, kick, and grow inside of the mother, it is born to only die minutes later.
    Keep in mind that neither the mother nor the child were in any danger at any point.

    June 18, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  19. Jerry Hoefen

    Reality check does any one keep count of how many abortions taken place since became legal . What happens to these babies after abortion

    June 18, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  20. The American People are Pawns

    Wake up America!! This is a prime example of tax payer money being squandered. There are a number of problems that need to be addressed and what happens..? Abortion legislation..really? I like many Americans are tired of both parties! However, I find it quite ironic that the party of freedom continually tries to enact legislation to restrict freedom. Its called a choice. I do not believe in abortion, but I will not play GOD and tell another individual what to do with their body! From a religious stand point, it is the job of our Lord to judge and not man. While we are at it, why not castrate men who impregnate multiple women with the inability to financially and emotionally provide for them. Thus, becoming a financial burden to tax payers. I thought this was a democracy? I am becoming convinced that Republicans want a theocracy! Is this America or not. First the Patriot Act, when wil they stop? In any case, politicians don't care from either side because their pockets are continually being lined with tax payer money. Wake up America, we are ALL pawns!

    June 18, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. Paul

    Once again, republicans waste time and money on a bill that takes away a woman's choice on her own healthcare.

    June 18, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  22. Debbie

    Praise God.

    June 18, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  23. doug

    Republicans. Tone deaf. They just don't get it. They keep insulting the intelligence of women and wondering why they lost 5 out of the last 6 presidential elections. Of course, thanks to gerrymandered districts, we will have to deal with them for quite some time. But they will soon run out of luck and become the Whig party – gone forever.

    June 18, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  24. Anno

    How can they politician says that incident from rape is really low. Even if it is only one in 1 million, we still need to show sympathy to that one person. If if incident is low, the people who fall on that low probability is still very much a victim, MR KNOW YOU ALL POLITICIAN.

    If the politician stop acting like " I know it all" maybe this country will have a better future.

    June 18, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. Momma

    What kind of protections are in place for permitting late term abortions of non-viable fetuses or for the case of danger to the health or life of the mother?

    June 18, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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