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.

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  1. bikermiker

    It sure would be a refreshing change if the members of Congress could focus on the major issues facing this country, e.g. the economy, national defense, the national transportation system, international trade policy, the environment, etc and stay the hell out of people's personal lives. I guess tackling the BIG difficult issues is simply too hard for some of these mental giants. It's a lot easier to simply try to force their personal views on people. What a waste of energy and tax payer dollars!!

    June 18, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. David

    Remember when the Republicans said it was all about jobs? That jobs and jobs creation was the only thing that mattered and that social issues were just a distraction?

    June 18, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. tony

    I wonder how a 14 yr old gets to report the crime by her live in stepfather before it's too late.

    Satan is alive and well and running the Republican Party

    June 18, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. pmmarion

    What total and utter complete waste of time. They know it will not pass the senate... Typical Rethuglican antics. Wasting time on things that they know will not have a snowball chance in hades of passing.

    June 18, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. ermentrude

    This is going nowhere fast. Society has a right to intervene on behalf of the child, and the mother has a right to choose. There are no boundaries taking into consideration both the mother and the unborn child. It's all or nothing, by both sides of this divide, and it doesn't need to be that way. It shouldn't be this way.

    June 18, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. it's only money

    Why spend all this time and and energy to pass a bill in the House that will never get out of the Senate? What a waste of tax payer dollars. Congress should work on things that can get done like jobs bills or spending cuts. Stupid people passing stupid legislation that has no chance of success. But, it's only money – tax payer dollars at work doing nothing getting nothing done.

    June 18, 2013 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  7. Raven

    Most European countries allow abortions until the 12th week. After that it's only legal for medical reasons. No problem there. But maybe European women are more intelligent and can figure out if they are pregnant. Or if they were raped. And no, I'm not a republican.

    June 18, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  8. billmelater1

    All I have to say is the Democratic party is the party of death.

    June 18, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  9. John

    Way to go republicans! Use your majority in the house to pass an irrelevant bill that has no chance of passing the Senate or being signed by the President and does absolutely nothing to provide a solution to any of the issues that matter. As long as your symbolic vote makes you and your constituents feel better.

    June 18, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  10. alma marie nickles

    I think it a great thing to stop killing un born life. they should of stoped long before now. the unborn has a right to live what r all the ones goining to say when they stand before the great GOD we have. I didn't wont this baby the bible say don't kill and that's killing a innocent life that has done nothing shame on the people who stll wont to kill un born life GOD will get u

    June 18, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  11. Squincher

    The US Economy is stuck in Neutral with high unemployment and a War still rages in Afghanistan. But hey, these guys have their priorities straight!

    June 18, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  12. NYNJCT

    I I deliveried my baby 27 weeks with 2.5 lbs. Now she is a beautiful and healthy 27 Month girl. IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSES THAT OBAMA has threatened a veto on the legislation eventhough he wants to save 11,000,000 illegal immigrants including some people who have been involed in criminal, drug, gang, broken rules, and steal other's ID and so on. I hope and pray that the bill, late term abortions ban will pass Democratic-led Senate and the White House. GOD BLESS ALL AMERICAN INCLUDING ALL FETUSES.

    June 18, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. DSDA

    The House proves yet again why it has the lowest approval ratings of any branch of government.

    June 18, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. 2020

    Do these folks get paid for wasting the country's money and time? hope not.

    June 18, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Steve in MA

    The U.S. House of Representatives, a 1,000 foot wall, built out of ignorance and hate. (Credit in part goes to the Daily Show, which ironically, doesn't appear daily).

    June 18, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Ferathka

    Leave it to Republicans to worry about something that very few Americans actually worry about. No wonder they are a dying party....sad really.

    June 18, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. Skeeter

    I thought goverment was supposed to be a forward-thinking and forward-moving body.

    I guess I was wrong.

    June 18, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Thom

    Why do they even waste their time on something that will not go any farther? Have you ever heard the term "shooting yourself in the foot"? Let's think ahead a little smart people who play chess. Okay, Rowe vs Wade is struck down and abortion is illegal now....... WHO IN THE WORLD is going to pay for the hospital bills, medical bills, and care to age 18 of all those moms and babies with no jobs and no health benefits??? The state maybe??? BANKRUPT...... The TAXPAYERS ???? I think so............ We're talking BILLION$ each year. Pro-Lifers.....quit sitting on your brains.

    June 18, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Daniel

    The fact that our elected officials are saying that women are not in control of their own bodies should be shouted from the rooftops. Also, why do we as men get free condoms while women don't get free tampons or pads? I despise my male counterparts more than ever

    June 18, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  20. weneedforesight

    This article neglects to mention that the restriction does not include cases of rape. The primary basis for this bill is that a fetus at that stage in the pregnancy can feel pain and should not be subjected to a tortuous death.

    June 18, 2013 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  21. Sandman

    Dear moderate, reasonable republicans: Has this gotten ridiculous enough for you yet? Should they not be bringing jobs bills to the floor instead of bills that have zero possibility of passing? This is who our taxpayer dollars are going to. Let's not even talk about the Issa 'witch hunts' that have uncovered nothing but a waste of time and taxpayer dollars. It's hard to believe that this hasn't become sickening to everyone. Regardless of what faux news tells you, the fact is that republicans planned all of this on inauguration night, country be damned.... Just really sickening.

    June 19, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  22. ND4190

    Dear U.S. Government,
    Keep your laws off my body!

    -Women everywhere

    June 19, 2013 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  23. JJ

    Sure. And Boehner has also tried to repeal Obamacare... what... 37 times? Useless GOP thugs. Somebody ought to herd them all into a room and put them out of their misery.

    June 19, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  24. California

    Just another tabled Senate bill. Reid, Mr. Obstructionist

    June 19, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  25. KellyF

    Why are they wasting time and money on bills they know do not have a snowballs chance on the face of the sun? Your tax dollars hard at work! I'll be amazed if any of them who have not gerrymandered their jobs still have one left after the next election.

    June 19, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
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