The American Civil Liberties Union issued a press release today condemning the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, a measure that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks. The press release also stated that the White House has threatened to veto the bill if it passes in the U.S. Senate.
Laura W. Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, stated, “A woman shouldn’t be denied basic health care or the ability to make the best decision for her family just because some members of Congress want to impose their political views on her decision. Today’s vote is part of a wave of ever-more extreme legislation in the states and in Congress that interferes with a woman’s ability to make personal and private medical decisions. This ban shamefully plays politics with women’s health and has no place in our laws.”
The House passed the legislation by a 228 to 196 mostly party line vote yesterday. The bill is expect to fail in the U.S. Senate where Democrats have a 54 seat majority.
Supporters of the bill among the Pro-Life community cheered its passage in the House. Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, said, “This pro-woman, pro-science, Constitutional bill deserves an immediate vote in the U.S. Senate. It’s simple: children capable of experiencing unimaginable pain from abortion must be protected across the country. The big abortion industry cannot defend late-term abortions. Americans are disturbed by the callous nature of this practice, the disgusting clinic conditions in Pennsylvania, Delaware and other states, the 330,000 abortions Planned Parenthood of America performs every year as it receives half a billion in taxpayer dollars, and the repeated harm women experience as a result of their exploitation. Women and the unborn deserve better than abortion, and making late-term abortions illegal is a simple step in that direction. Votes have consequences. Congress should take note we’re pulling together our 2014 target list tonight.”
The ACLU noted that similar legislation passed in Arizona was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. That law was challenged by the ACLU.
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