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Abortion Debate

House to vote on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks

The House of Representatives is set to vote Tuesday on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, CNN reports. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act — which leaves open exceptions in cases of rape or incest, or if the mother's life is at risk — has failed in similar iterations in recent years, although President Trump announced his support of the legislation on Monday:

"America's children deserve ... stronger protections," the White House wrote in a statement. During the campaign, Trump additionally vowed "[to sign] into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would end painful late-term abortions nationwide."

Planned Parenthood and other pro-choice activists have called the ban unconstitutional:

If the legislation passes the House, it could stall in the Senate; Republican Whip Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) said the bill is "not a near-term priority."