The House plans to vote on legislation banning abortions after 20 weeks on the same day as the annual March for Life next Thursday.
Thousands of anti-abortion demonstrators descend on Washington every year on Jan. 22, which is the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision.
Legislation introduced by Reps. Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksOn The Trail: Arizona is microcosm of battle for the GOP Arizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems MORE (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), titled the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Supporters of the bill maintain that fetuses can feel pain by the approximate halfway stage of a pregnancy.
The bill would allow exceptions in cases involving rape, incest or if the mother's life is in danger.
Republican lawmakers will make an appearance at the Jan. 22 march. House GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersBiden administration rolls out clean car goals Biden, Pelosi struggle with end of eviction ban Latina lawmakers discuss efforts to increase representation MORE (R-Wash.) and Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottDOJ announces agencywide limits on chokeholds and no-knock entries Lobbying world As Biden falters, a two-man race for the 2024 GOP nomination begins to take shape MORE (R-S.C.) will lead the congressional delegation in the March for Life this year. Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and at least one Democrat, Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.), are also slated as featured speakers.
House Republicans have passed versions of the legislation in the past two sessions of Congress since taking control of the chamber, but the Democratic-Senate never took up those bills.
Franks stirred controversy when the House considered the measure in committee in June 2013 after he claimed the rate of pregancy resulting from rape is "very low." Blackburn subsequently led the floor debate in Franks's place.