The Trump administration has officially announced its support for a Republican House bill that would make it a crime to perform an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The administration said it “strongly supports” the bill and “applauds the House of Representatives for continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote in a statement of administration policy.
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The bill, which will come up for a vote in the House on Tuesday, would make it illegal to perform or attempt an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, with the possibility of a fine, up to five years in prison or both.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), grants some exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the woman. The bill would also not penalize women for simply seeking abortions after 20 weeks.
The proposal is expected to pass the House as it did back in 2015.
The Hill notes: “But it will likely stumble in the Senate, where it needs at least 60 votes. Republicans control 52 seats and most Democrats oppose the bill. President Trump has previously vowed to sign the bill if it passed Congress.”
If the bill passes in current form, “his advisers would recommend that he sign the bill into law,” the Office of Management and Budget wrote.