McConnell calls for banning abortions after 20 weeks

Lauren Schneiderman

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) used the anniversary of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell’s trial to call for legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks.

“It is time for America to join the ranks of most other developed nations around the world and restrict abortion at least at the point at which science tells us that unborn babies are capable of feeling pain,” McConnell said Tuesday. “Let’s take up this important pro-life legislation and send it to the president.”

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One year ago, Gosnell, a Philadelphia doctor, was on trial for performing illegal abortions, many of which resulted in complications and even the death a patient because of unsanitary conditions at his office. Last year, Gosnell was convicted of murder.

“The Gosnell trial shocked the conscience of the nation and awakened many to the dangerous conditions that can exist at abortion clinics nationwide,” McConnell said. “On this anniversary of the Gosnell trial, let’s show the world that we remember those who have been victimized by people like Kermit Gosnell and unite in this positive and life-affirming effort to safeguard the most vulnerable among us.”

After reports of Gosnell’s wrongdoing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced S. 1670, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks — when anti-abortion activists say a fetus can feel pain, although some doctors dispute that.

The House passed the bill, but the Senate Democrats haven’t taken the measure up.

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