The House of Representatives, with mostly Republican votes, approved a bill on Tuesday, that restricts nearly all abortions after 20 weeks of conception. As the bill moves across the Capitol, it's fate has already been decided, as the Democrat controlled Senate will ignore it, and the White House has warned it would veto it.
Despite the bill's inevitable defeat, Republicans say they moved forward on a vote in light of the conviction of Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortion doctor who was found guilty of murdering three babies after they were born. Democrats say the current law worked, and Gosnell is behind bars as a result.
One person conspicuously absent during the bill's debate was it's sponsor, Arizona Congressman Trent Franks. Franks sparked controversy last week when he said that rape results in few pregnancies. As a result of his comment, GOP leadership made sure female representatives were front and center during the debate.
"The Republican men who brought this bill to the floor, despite the parade of our women colleagues on the House floor today, do not represent America," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida.
Republicans hope the law lays the groundwork for a challenge of Roe versus Wade, the law that legalized abortion 40 years ago.
The current bill was passed with a vote of 228 to 196, mostly along party lines. Six Democrats voted to approved the bill, and six Republicans voted against it.