Last week, to the horror of the women’s-rights-equals-abortion crowd, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would severely limit abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy – i.e. from roughly the 6th month on.
The bill – H.R. 36, named the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (at 20 weeks, it is believed the unborn child can feel pain) was 237-189.
Not surprisingly, it ran almost exclusively along party lines. Republicans voted in favor by 234-3, Democrats against by 187-2.
Just as unsurprisingly, the pro-abortion crowd is up in arms, calling it a diminution of a woman’s right to choose. And part of their protest is that H.R. 36 is a restrictive act that puts us back in the dark ages relative to the more enlightened folks in other countries.
Is that so?
Not according to fact checker Michele Ye Hee Lee, who writes for the decidely anti-Trump, anti-Republican, pro-abortion rights Washington Post.
There are 59 countries that allow abortion “without restriction as to reason,” or “elective,” or “abortion on demand.” These are countries where the letter of the federal law does not impose specific eligibility requirements for women…
Only seven of the 59 countries allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, the group found: Canada, China, Netherlands, North Korea, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
In other words, this legislation does not put us at odds with the rest of the world, it enables us to join the rest of the world.
But what does the general public think about this? Well, a Marist poll conducted this past January shows that 59% of the country supports a ban on 20 week+ abortions. According to William Saletan’s article for the hardline left wing slate.com, this includes a large number of so-called “pro-choicers”.
Personally, I have no problem with such legislation. As I’ve stated many times here, I believe that at the point where there is a heartbeat and brain activity there is a child. This occurs well before the start of the 6th month. I also believe that if someone, whether intentionally or unintentionally, becomes pregnant, five full months gives her more than enough opportunity to decide whether she chooses to carry to term.
In any event, there is the vote, those are the polling data and there is my personal opinion.