The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1553 / H.R. 36) would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, with only narrow exceptions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the woman's life. The bill severely limits a woman’s autonomy over her own body and denies her the ability to make decisions according to her own beliefs and conscience. 1.5% of abortions happen after the 20-week mark; the women and families who need access to these kinds of abortions are often facing desperate circumstances. For example, some birth defects or fetal diseases are undetectable until later in pregnancy, around the 20-week mark.
The House of Representatives passed this dangerous bill in May 2015, and the Senate is now considering the bill.
Restrictions on abortion after an arbitrary point in gestation are a threat to reproductive rights and should not become law.