Planned Parenthood: Late-Term Abortion Ban Bill ‘Dangerous Attack on Women’s Health’

By Penny Starr | November 8, 2013 | 11:37am EST

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( – On the same day that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) announced legislation to ban abortions nationwide after 20 weeks gestation to protect unborn babies from the pain of being aborted, Planned Parenthood Federation of America sent out mass e-mails and posted a press release on its website condemning the bill as “dangerous to women’s health and rights.”

“South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham just introduced a bill that would ban abortion at 20 weeks in every single state,” the email sent on Thursday states. “Tell your senators to oppose this dangerous attack on women’s health and rights.”

The e-mail claims that a bill similar to the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed by the House of Representatives has “virtually no exceptions” to the ban but, in fact, both bills provide exceptions for rape, incest or if the health of the mother is at stake.

“In June, the House of Representatives passed its own legislation banning abortion at 20 weeks, with virtually no exceptions,” the email states. “Now Sen. Graham is trying to force a similar bill to a vote in the Senate, and we can't afford to let this bill gain any traction.”

Calling the bill an “extreme 20-week ban,” the press release on Planned Parenthood’s website sites a 60 percent approval of abortion at 20 weeks in cases of “severe fetal abnormalities” but does not provide a source for that statistic.

“Senator Graham is pushing a dangerous and extreme bill that doctors and medical experts agree has no basis in medicine,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood said in the press release. “Abortion is a deeply personal, often complicated decision for a woman to make.

“These decisions should be made by a woman in consultation with her doctor, her family, and her faith – not by politicians,” Richards said.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and according to its 2011-2012 annual report, 333,964 abortions of both male and female unborn children were performed at its clinics nationwide.

Graham said in a press release announcing the bill that scientific evidence shows that unborn babies at 20 weeks gestation can feel pain.

“In fact, anesthesia is administered directly to unborn children in second trimester fetal surgery,” Graham said. “Given these facts and my continued strong support for life, I believe there is a compelling interest in protecting these unborn children who are among the most vulnerable in our society.”

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