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Hillary Clinton On 20-Week Abortion Ban: Women's Health Issues Should Be Left Up To Women, Doctors

| by Kathryn Schroeder
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The Hillary Clinton presidential campaign displayed its displeasure with House Republicans after they passed a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the “Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” banning abortions after 20 weeks by a vote of 242-184 along party lines, CNN reports. GOP supporters claim the bill is to protect the unborn, who are incapable of speaking for themselves. House Democrats have referred to the legislation as “extreme," especially considering that court precedent has generally protected abortions up until the point of viability, at 24 weeks.

The Clinton campaign made its negative feelings towards the legislation known through a statement from Clinton’s senior policy adviser Maya Harris.

"Politicians should not interfere with personal medical decisions, which should be left to a woman, her family and her faith, in consultation with her doctor or health care provider," Harris said.

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“This bill is a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, which has protected a woman's constitutional right to privacy for over forty years," Harris added. "The bill puts women's health and rights at risk, undermines the role doctors play in health care decisions, burdens survivors of sexual assault, and is not based on sound science."

The campaign’s statement also brought up state efforts to restrict abortions, reports The Hill.

"It also follows a dangerous trend we are witnessing across the country. In just the first three months of 2015, more than 300 bills have been introduced in state legislatures — on top of the nearly 30 measures introduced in Congress — that restrict access to abortion," Harris said. 

Clinton took to Twitter to express her feelings towards women’s health decisions.

“When it comes to women’s health, there are two kinds of experts: women and their doctors. True 40+ years ago, true today. -H,” Clinton tweeted.

Gretchen Borchelt, vice president for health and reproductive rights for the National Women's Law Center, also slammed the legislation in a statement.

"Once again, some members of Congress think politics -- not medical expertise or a woman's health -- should drive important health care decisions," she said.

Sources: CNN, The Hill

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