(CNSNews.com) – House Representative Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) said Wednesday that human beings conceived in rape “absolutely” have a right to life.
Following a House Republican press conference Wednesday focusing on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, CNSNews.com asked Wagner: “Do you believe that a human being conceived in rape also has a right to life?”
“Absolutely, I do,” Wagner said.
“Obviously there are exceptions in this bill, and there are many good people that are pro-life that believe there are exceptions for rape and incest,” she said. “I believe in exceptions for life of the mother.”
“But this bill moves us forward and I think it’s a strong bill,” Wagner continued. “And what I’m most excited about is that at the end of the day, this bill actually requires a baby to be delivered, and if viable and alive, a secondary doctor gets to take that child to another hospital and make sure that that baby lives.”
The House will vote on the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act later on Wednesday, May 13. The bill puts a national ban on most abortions after 20 weeks gestation except in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.
The bill also requires doctors performing an abortion for a rape or incest victim to “do so only in the manner which, in reasonable medical judgment, provides the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive.”
The only exception to this requirement, the bill states, is if attempting to save the baby during an abortion would result in “the death of the pregnant woman” or the substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function, not including psychological or emotional conditions, of the pregnant woman.”
The bill also requires that a “physician trained in neonatal resuscitation be present if, in reasonable medical judgment, the pain-capable unborn child has the potential to survive outside the womb.”
The revised bill also makes some revisions to the earlier version’s rape exceptions, which required the woman to report the rape to law enforcement before seeking an abortion after 20 weeks. The amended bill still places the same requirements on minors who become pregnant as the result of a rape, but allows an adult woman to receive an abortion after 20 weeks if she reported the rape, or has received medical treatment or counseling at least 48 hours prior to the abortion being performed.