D.C. Late-Term Abortion Ban Fails in House

WASHINGTON (BP) — The U.S. House of Representatives has failed to approve a bill to restrict the District of Columbia’s unfettered abortion policy.

In a roll call Tuesday (July 31), the House voted 220-154 for the District of Columbia Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act, but fell short of the two-thirds majority required for passage. The bill came to the floor for a vote under “suspension of the rules,” which mandates a super-majority for approval.

The legislation would prohibit abortions in the District of Columbia at 20 weeks or more after fertilization based on evidence a baby in the womb experiences pain by that point. If enacted, it would provide a restriction in a jurisdiction that has legalized abortion throughout pregnancy until birth. In its findings, the bill points out the D.C. council “repealed all limitations on abortion at any stage of pregnancy” in 2004.

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