House Expected To Pass Revised, 20-Week Abortion Ban
The legislation stands little chance of becoming law even if it clears Congress, since President Barack Obama is unlikely to sign it.
The New York Times:
House Is Expected To Pass A Revised Abortion Bill
The House on Wednesday is expected to vote on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a revised version of a measure that Republican leaders abruptly pulled in January amid objections from some of their own members. The new version of the legislation, introduced by Representative Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, would slightly loosen the original requirements for women who seek abortions after becoming pregnant through rape or incest, and would make it easier to sue a noncompliant abortion provider. The bill is expected to pass, said Destiny Decker, Mr. Franks’s spokeswoman. (Huetteman, 5/13)
The Wall Street Journal:
House Expected To Pass 20-Week Abortion Bill
The House is expected Wednesday to pass modified legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, months after concerns from centrist and female Republicans derailed a vote on the bill. The legislation stands little chance of becoming law, as President Barack Obama is unlikely to sign it even if it clears Congress. Still, the bill highlights the challenges Republicans face tackling an issue important to conservatives without alienating some women voters ahead of the 2016 elections. (Peterson and Radnofsky, 5/12)