Trent Franks' Newest Abortion Bill Passes Subcommittee That Franks Chairs
Anti-abortion fanatic/Republican Congressman Trent Franks is celebrating his latest abortion bill passing out of a House subcommittee, which really isn't much to celebrate about.
We understand it's difficult to keep track of which abortion bill of Franks' is the newest, since his bread-and-butter issue of abortion seems to be all he talks about, but it's his proposal to create a nationwide ban on abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy that passed the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
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Franks has made multiple attempts to ban abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy in Washington D.C., none of which have succeeded. He's also proposed many other abortion bills, none of which have succeeded. He's also proposed other bills in general in his decade-plus in Congress, none of which have earned a presidential signature.
Yet, here we go again, as Franks' nationwide ban passed a House subcommittee, 6-4, as Franks got his bill heard (and a free vote) because he's the chairman.
Franks has been trying to play up his bill in the wake of the trial of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was convicted of killing a few babies born alive.
"I understand the unfortunate reality that today's markup will be surrounded by some degree of controversy," Franks says in today's statement. "But we, as a nation, find ourselves at a point at which we don't offer unborn children even the most basic protections -- even protections we extend to animals and property. The trial of Kermit Gosnell exposed late abortions for what they really are: relocated infanticide."
There's literally zero chance of this becoming law, and recent reports indicate that there's no plan to have the bill heard before the full House Judiciary Committee.
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