D.C. Abortion Hearing Goes Before Congress

Bill would make abortions illegal after 20 weeks of pregnancy

By Katie Roberts
|  Thursday, May 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:51 AM EDT
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D.C. Abortion Hearing Goes Before Congress

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The D.C. abortion battle will play out Thursday in a hearing before Congress.

A subcommittee of the house will discuss a bill that would ban abortions in the District after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

This is the bill’s first hearing in the House. It is based on a claim that fetuses can feel pain at the gestational age of 20 weeks or older.

The bill, which would limit when women in D.C. can get abortions, is opposed by pro-choice activists, as well as D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

It is not expected to become law this year, but proponents such as the National Right to Life Committee say they’ll fight to pass the bill.

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