House prepares for new abortion debate
WASHINGTON- Expect another contentious debate on abortion after a House committee approved a bill that would ban almost all procedures after 20-weeks of pregnancy. The legislation is called the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" could be voted on as early as next week. The bill says fetuses can feel pain after five months, justifying a ban on abortions. Some recent court rulings have struck down similar state laws, saying they violate a woman's right to an abortion before a fetus is viable. The bill is spearheaded by Republican Trent Franks of Arizona.