House Is Expected to Pass a Revised Abortion Bill
WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday is expected to vote on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, a revised version of a measure that Republican leaders abruptly pulled in January amid objections from some of their own members.
The new version of the legislation, introduced by Representative Trent Franks, Republican of Arizona, would slightly loosen the original requirements for women who seek abortions after becoming pregnant through rape or incest, and would make it easier to sue a noncompliant abortion provider. The bill is expected to pass, said Destiny Decker, Mr. Franks’s spokeswoman.
“I am so grateful to all who have worked so hard to craft language that will now unite the pro-life base in a positive and effective way,” Mr. Franks said in a statement last week. “This proposal is substantially stronger than the original bill.”