Donald Trump’s administration on Monday expressed its “strong support” for a 20-week abortion ban currently being considered by the House of Representatives, according to a statement issued by the Office of Management and Budget.
In a statement, the OMB indicated it “applauds” the effort “to secure critical pro-life protection” by making “it unlawful for any person to perform, or attempt to perform an abortion of an unborn child after 20 weeks,” or roughly five months of gestation. “The bill would promote a science-based approach to unborn life,” the statement claims.
As Planned Parenthood notes, as many as 99 percent of abortions take place before 21 weeks, but the Supreme Court guarantees access to abortion until fetal viability, which typically occurs around 24 weeks.
Read the full statement below:
White House formally endorses the 20-week abortion ban that the House plans to consider this week. pic.twitter.com/fXT5HZBhTz
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 2, 2017