Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D., Hawaii) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would outlaw abortions for fetuses capable of feeling pain.
The pro-life group Democrats for Life in America announced the content of the bill on Facebook and in an online petition. Formally known as the Late Term Abortion Ban Act, the bill would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless the mother is at risk for severe health repercussions or loss of life if an abortion is not performed.
“There was a bill previously introduced entitled the Pain Capable Unborn Child Act that I felt that I needed to oppose because it did not include an exception for severe irreversible health consequences,” Gabbard said in a statement to National Review. “My legislation includes that exception.”
Last week, Gabbard also introduced legislation that aims to ensure medical care to babies born alive after an attempted abortion.