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House Passes Bill to Ban Abortion After 20 Weeks

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will ban abortion of most pregnancies after 20 weeks.

capitolAccording to The Daily Caller, the House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a margin of 228 to 196. The bill will allow exceptions for rape, incest and when the life of the mother is in danger.

“Passage of today’s landmark bill marks the first time in history, in either chamber of the U.S. Congress, that affirmative protection has been extended to unborn children,” said Rep. Trent Franks, the bill's sponsor. “It is my prayer that today also marks a day when America finally opens her eyes to the humanity of these little victims and the inhumanity of what is being done to them.”

Pro life groups were ecstatic at the passage.

“Today, women led the vote and the lobbying on a monumental bill. After the Kermit Gosnell trial, the American people were horrified and demanded action and, today, the House answered by passing the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” Concerned Women for America president and CEO Penny Nance said.

“Gosnell was not an aberration, and we praise the legislators who acted to prevent future babies from the same fate. Now the battle moves to the Senate.”

President Obama has already threatened to veto the bill and the U.S. Senate is not expected to vote on it, but passage in the House guarantees that the abortion issue will be front and center in the upcoming midterm elections.

According to LifeNews, yesterday's vote will be used as an election tool in 2014 to win control of the Senate away from pro-abortion forces by wresting the argument away from the "War on Women" mantra to the gruesome abortion facts that the sensational Kermit Gosnell trial exposed to the public.

“The brutality of severing the spines of defenseless babies—euphemistically called “snipping” by Gosnell—has finally peeled away the benign façade of the billion dollar abortion industry” said Rep. Chris Smith, head of the pro-life caucus in the House.

“Like Gosnell, abortionists all over America decapitate, dismember and chemically poison babies to death each and every day. That’s what they do. Americans are connecting the dots and asking whether what Gosnell did is really any different than what other abortionists do. A D&E abortion—a common method after 14 weeks—is a gruesome, pain-filled act that literally rips and tears to pieces the body parts of a child,” he added.

“The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a modest but necessary attempt to at least protect babies who are 20 weeks old—and pain-capable—from having to suffer and die from abortion.”

Pro-abortion forces responded by trotting out the usual "War on Women" language, focusing on how the bill imposes restrictions on women's access to abortion rather than on sparing babies from pain.

“No amount of softening rhetoric or moderate posturing will change the harsh reality that today’s GOP is out of step and out of touch when it comes to women,” said National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill. “We at NOW are not fooled, and neither are women voters.”

That may no longer be true after the bad publicity the abortion debate received during the long trial of Kermit Gosnell, a late term abortionist who is now serving three consecutive life sentences for murdering viable infants after abortion.

As House Speaker John Boehner said at his weekly news conference: "After this Kermit Gosnell trial and some of the horrific acts that were going on, a vast majority of the American people believe in the substance of this bill and so do I."

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