January 8, 2015 7:07 am -

Showing their lack of seriousness about a practical agenda, Congress got right down to business its first day in session by trying to ban abortion.


[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]On Tuesday, the very first day of the 114th Congress, two lawmakers introduced a measure to ban abortions after 20 weeks, in direct violation of the protections afforded under Roe v. Wade. Reps. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) reintroduced the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, the same legislation that successfullypassed the House last year.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) — who introduced a companion 20-week abortion ban in the Senate last year that was stalled by Democratic leadership — has already indicated that he plans to re-introduce his own measure in the next few weeks, too. Now that the Senate is GOP-controlled, Republicans are anticipating that they’ll have enough supportto pass the ban in both chambers this year, helping the anti-choice community gain momentum for this particular tactic to limit reproductive rights.

“In a Republican Senate, under my leadership, we would have the kind of real debate on the issues that the American people want,” Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the audience at the National Right to Life Conference in the fall. “For six years, the president has been isolated from this growing movement. He will be forced to listen to the cause that’s brought us all here this morning.”

These type of abortion bans are often called “fetal pain” measures because they’re based on the notion that fetuses are sentient after 20 weeks of pregnancy, assuming that an abortion procedure after that point would be painful for them. In a statement released on Tuesday, Franks referred to 20-week fetuses as “innocent and defenseless children who can not only feel pain, but who can survive outside of the womb in most cases, and who are torturously killed without even basic anesthesia.”

In fact, doctors agree that fetuses cannot survive outside the womb until about 24 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, which is considered to be the legal point of viability.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

27 responses to Congress Introduced Abortion Ban On Day One

  1. Budda January 8th, 2015 at 7:33 am

    There they go, sticking their noses into lady-parts again.

    • rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 8:04 am

      They can but YOU can’t

  2. NW10 January 8th, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Every person that didn’t bother to vote or support Democrats last fall is to blame for this insanity.

    • rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 8:05 am

      Gohmert should be speaker….that would be a real lesson

  3. rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Day 2 …what is next?? HEY O your pen full of ink??

    • Carla Akins January 8th, 2015 at 9:01 am

      I’m think an attempt to repeal the 19th amendment must be next.

      • rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 9:11 am

        Think Joni will introduce it??

        • Carla Akins January 8th, 2015 at 10:32 am

          Yes, and the irony would be delicious.

          • rg9rts January 8th, 2015 at 10:42 am

            Gohmert should be speaker

  4. Suzanne McFly January 8th, 2015 at 8:32 am

    All they are doing is deepening our divisions, they couldn’t care less about these fetuses. They are just drawing lines in the sand.

    • Mainah January 8th, 2015 at 8:49 am

      They have to quell the Tea Partiers that they just burned in the Speaker fight. I guess this is the first bone.

      • Suzanne McFly January 8th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

        I bet your are completely correct. Sad they need to feed the beast, I hope the beast eats them soon.

    • fahvel January 8th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      uh huh, but at whose expense???

      • Suzanne McFly January 8th, 2015 at 5:23 pm

        We all pay for these divisions equally.

  5. Mainah January 8th, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Do I live on some other planet? “Growing movement” and “real debate”? The fetus can survive at 20 weeks? So, let’s pass a bill that when challenged in court will burn in flames? Great job guys! Way to get stuff done. f*ck.

  6. eyelashviper January 8th, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Dang, those Gopers got something done, in one day…
    Ban abortion and the ACA, give more tax cuts to the richest, and build an unnecessary and horrifically dangerous pipeline through the heart of Murika..
    At least they did not declare war on Monaco, Bermuda, or Andorra.

    • fahvel January 8th, 2015 at 11:59 am

      keep out of andorra – it’s where we get inexpensive booze for parties.

    • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      wait ELV, it is only the first week.

      • eyelashviper January 8th, 2015 at 1:51 pm

        Coming soon…privatize Social Security, end public education, and delclare War on Gravity (that commie force that keeps us all down and makes us all the same).

        • William January 8th, 2015 at 2:21 pm

          Oh yeah.
          Remember when George of the bungle tried to privatize social security? IE, using it as a cash influx for Wall street right before the crash?

          • allison1050 January 8th, 2015 at 6:27 pm

            Yep I do and it didn’t work then and won’t work now. They’re too stupid to remember that their voters are on the receiving end of Social Security just like I am.

        • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 3:12 pm

          lol, that was great. As usual you made me laugh with your wit

  7. Bunya January 8th, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    This is just filler for the GOP. Nothing’s going to change. They’re just pandering to their base, like all republicans did since 1973.
    Besides, if they ever overturned Roe v. Wade, they’d have nothing to run on.

    • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 1:45 pm

      very true, they do not care(except a handful) this is just a screaming point

  8. shatto January 8th, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Abortion Question:
    1. Why do they support killing babies?
    2. Why do people vote for people who support killing babies?
    3. Why do some think abortion is not killing a person?

    • allison1050 January 8th, 2015 at 6:20 pm

      And why do you refuse to read a relatively short article?
      Also, why do you refuse to accept what a viable fetus is?
      Why do you want to shove your beliefs down others throats I don’t shove mine toward you?
      Finally, did you flunk Biology i in high school and then not take it over?

      • VALERIE MARTIN January 9th, 2015 at 3:30 pm

        “Killing babies”???
        “Killing a Person”???
        These are the same people who
        believe “Corporations are People”