United States: The Chamber of Representatives reopens the debate on abortion

Publié le : 21 June 2013

 On Tuesday 18 June, in the United States, the Chamber of Representatives, which has a Republican majority, adopted a bill banning abortion beyond the 20th week of pregnancy, except in the case of rape or incest. But the bill, adopted by 228 votes against 196, "has no chance of being adopted in the Senate" and "has no chance of being promulgated by the Obama administration." In effect, on the eve of the vote the administration denounced "an assault on a woman’s right to choose" and threatened to veto it. John Boehner, leader of the Republican majority in the Chamber, responded by stating: “We have a moral obligation to defend the defenceless, and we will continue to fight to ensure our nation’s laws respect the sanctity of unborn human life." Recently, several States have voted on laws to restrict abortion, such as North Dakota and Arkansas. 

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