20-week Abortion Ban in the US could save 18,000 lives

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A bill passed to ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation could save 11,000 to 18,000 lives a year, according to Jeanne Mancini, president of the March for Life.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act was passed by the US House of Representatives on 3 Sep by a vote of 237 to 189. The act bans abortions past 20 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest, or when the life of the mother is at stake.

In addition to saving thousands of unborn lives, Mancini added that if signed into the law, the bill would educate the public on the humanity of an unborn baby and fetal pain early in development. Studies have shown that that unborn babies can feel pain by 20 weeks post-fertilization and have a chance of survival if born during that stage of pregnancy.

However, as with a similar bill passed in 2015, this bill may not get the green light at the senate level.

In a letter, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, chairperson of the Pro-Life Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops urged members of the House to support the bill. “We hold that every child, from conception onward, deserves love and the protection of the law,” he wrote. “We believe that no person or government has the right to take the life of an innocent human being – and we hold that the real problems that lead women to consider abortion should be addressed with solutions that support both mother and child.”