Sen. Mike Lee files anti-abortion amendment to cyber security bill

By Eric W. Dolan
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 20:07 EDT
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Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has filed an amendment to the Senate cyber security bill that would ban abortion in the District of Columbia after 20-weeks of pregnancy.

The legislation is identical to a bill defeated in the House on Tuesday.

Pro-life Republicans argued that abortion should be outlawed after 20-weeks of pregnancy because fetuses are able to feel pain at that point — a highly disputed claim. Under the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, doctors who performed an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy could face up to two years in prison. The law would not make exceptions for cases of rape or incest.

Lee had previously introduced the legislation as a stand-alone bill. But the bill had little chance of passing in the Democratic-led Senate.

“Protecting unborn children from experiencing pain should not be controversial,” he said in February. “Similar laws have already been passed in multiple states. With respect to the Federal District, Congress not only has the responsibility to act immediately, but also the undisputed authority to do so.”

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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