Morning Read: Lawmakers Debate Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions in D.C.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill debated a bill Thursday that would ban late-term abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy (except in instances where the mother's life is in danger) in the District.

This is the same bill, “The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” that was defeated by the House last summer.

But this time around, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), said he plans to expand the scope of the bill to apply to the entire country.

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This move, according to the Washington Post, means the bill is less of a rallying cry for the District.

Last summer, District. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and other District advocates accused Republicans of once again using the city to experiment with social policies opposed by D.C. residents. She was not allowed to testify at the previous hearing.

For the latest hearing, Norton did not even attend and declined to testify.

Frank says he expects the bill to get a floor vote.


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