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Capitol Health Call
September 8, 2015

Bill Banning Late-term Abortion Now in the Senate

JAMA. 2015;314(10):983. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.10824

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which passed the House in May, is now in the Senate awaiting debate (http://1.usa.gov/1NaEcZq).

The legislation would ban abortions at or beyond 20 weeks’ gestation, except for cases in which the pregnancy puts the woman’s life in danger, in case of rape for an adult woman who had sought counseling or medical treatment at least 48 hours before the abortion, and for minors in cases of rape or incest that had already been reported to law enforcement or a government agency that handles child abuse.

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