House to Vote Next Week on 20-Week Abortion Limit

There will be a vote next week in the House on a bill to ban abortions 20 weeks after conception.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told The Weekly Standard that the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will limit abortions to before 20 weeks, which is about five months, because after that period is when a fetus can both feel pain and survive outside of the womb.

“Life is precious and we must do everything we can to fight for it and protect it,” McCarthy said. “Our commitment for the House to consider this important legislation has been steadfast, and I am proud of the work of our members to prepare this bill for House consideration next week.”

A similar measure was passed in 2013 in the House, which provided exceptions for abortions after 20 weeks if rape, incest or the mother’s life were at issue.