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US House of Representatives passes ban on abortion after 20 weeks

The US House of Representatives voted in favour of a 20-week restriction (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The United States House of Representatives has passed a ban on abortion after the twentieth week of pregnancy. However, President Obama has previously said he would veto the bill if it passed both the House and the Senate.

The bill passed 242 to 184, with all but four Republicans voting in four and likewise four Democrats breaking their party line.

It comes two years after the conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, convicted of three charges of murdering children who were born alive after failed abortions. The bill was originally planned to coincide with the March of Life in January, but it was delayed after debates about the wording of the rape exemption.

Other changes featured in the bill include the requirement that a child who survives a late-term abortion is cared for in the same way as any premature child.

Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina told LifeSiteNews that “the Democrats’ platform is that a life isn’t a life until it leaves the hospital. It is extreme. It is hypocritical. It is wrong.”

“The majority of Americans and the majority of women believe that abortion after five months is extreme. As does the world. The United States is one of seven countries to allow elective abortions after five months of pregnancy. So I hope we can find common ground here and get this bill passed” into law, she said.