Today, the House of Representatives passed The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, authored by Trent Franks (R-AZ), by a margin of 228-196. The bill will cap abortion access at 20 weeks based on the scientifically refuted claim that a fetus (referred to as a ‘child’ in this bill by Trent Franks) can feel pain at that time.
What’s entirely frustrating about the abortion debate is that it’s being led by a party that cannot stop talking about how badly they want limited government- less reach, more freedom. Yet, when it aligns with their personal agendas, they’re happy to support bills that impede a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body and health care.
The question of when life begins is hotly debated, mainly because there is no concrete answer. This game becomes extremely dangerous when politicians assume the authority of answering this question based on their political agendas, inaccurate data, or religious beliefs.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will now move to the Senate where Democrats hold the majority, and where the bill is likely to die. However, we must remain alert of the anti-women sentiments that plague the Republican agenda. The abortion debate is far from over but our fight for reproductive freedom is only beginning.