[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday voted 20-12 [press release] in favor of legislation which would ban most abortions in the US after 20 weeks gestation. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act [HR 1797, PDF] is based on the controversial premise that a fetus can feel pain by 20 weeks of gestation. As stated [text] by the subcommittee's Chairman Bob Goodlatte, "Congress has the power to acknowledge these developments by enacting HR 1797 and prohibiting abortions...

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