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Congressman Proposes Late-Term Abortion Ban In D.C.

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Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) is sponsoring a bill that would ban abortions of fetuses 20 weeks or older in the District.

The bill cites research indicating that fetuses can feel pain starting at 20 weeks. The National Right to Life Committee, a group that opposes abortions, says it will make the bill one of its top legislative priorities. The organization says Congress has a responsibility to limit abortions in the nation's capital. 

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton says she will work with her allies to help defeat the bill, which she describes as an intrusion on self-rule. She says Franks should introduce a bill that applies to the entire country if he thinks it's sound policy.


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