Full disclosure: I believe that abortion is wrong at any point in gestation, and should only be permitted to save the life of the mother.
But I frankly find it appalling that anyone could defend the right of a woman to have an elective abortion after 20 weeks. I generally give people the benefit of the doubt, and assume that they’re just ignorant of what a 20-week fetus looks like (and what an abortion at this stage looks like). Abortions after 20 weeks are gruesome, messy, and undeniably evil. Regardless of how one might feel about early-term abortions, a 20 week ban is something that *anyone* with a shred of decency and humanity should be able to get behind.
Contrary to the claims of certain demonstrators down in Texas, this isn’t about “what a woman does with her own body”. Forgive me for pointing out the obvious, but the body inside of a woman’s body isn’t the woman’s body.
This also isn’t about a bunch of inbred religious hillbillies from the south trying to hijack the political system. The large majority of “enlightened and progressive” European countries prohibit abortions after 12 weeks.
The video below is testimony from HR 3803, a similar 20-week ban that died in the US House of Representatives last year. Another such bill (HR 1797) recently passed in the House on a party-line vote, but is unlikely to ever make it out of the Senate.