Newly unveiled language in the House’s late-term abortion bill shows that GOP leaders did not meet all of the demands from members of their party who had opposed an earlier version, keeping in limits on incest-related abortion.
House Republicans, led by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), eliminated a controversial rule that would have required rape victims to report their crimes to the police before undergoing the procedure.
The language could spell trouble for GOP leaders, who plan to make a second attempt at passing the legislation Wednesday.
The bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, was yanked from the House floor in January after a group of centrists and GOP women led by Rep. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) voiced concerns about rape and incest victims.
Still, Republicans are still expecting broad support for the bill.
"Incest is incest. There can't really be a cutoff age," Ellmers told National Journal last month.
The new version of the House bill also includes a two-day waiting period for rape victims. Doctors must also ensure that victims have received medical treatment or counseling during that time.
The bill will head to the House Rules Committee for discussion Tuesday afternoon.