Democratic senators begin speeches opposing House abortion bill

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by Dave Cassidy, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 6:59 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 19 at 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - Democratic Senators will speak out Wednesday against an abortion bill House Republicans passed last night that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

Right-to-Life groups call the House bill "landmark legislation."  

The original bill did not include exceptions for cases of rape or incest because its sponsor, Arizona Republican Trent Franks, said the number of pregnancies caused by rape was "very low."

After that remark, exceptions were included - if the rape or incest cases were reported to police first.

Democrats say Franks' remarks show again that some Republicans are hostile to women's rights and freedom and they don't understand some things about pregnancy either.

It's very unlikely Democrats who control the Senate will approve the House bill. And even if they did, the White House says President Obama would veto it.

Rep. Franks has had a lower profile on this one. GOP House leaders decided Franks would not lead the debate on this bill after all. They replaced him with Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. She says the bill would protect the lives of babies that are "viable" outside the womb.

If there's no chance this bill can become law, why pass it? Republicans say there's a good chance they can win control of both houses of Congress next year. And that if a Republican wins the White House next time, chances would be much better a bill like this would become law.

Democrats say that's what women should worry about.

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