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Bill Limiting Abortion Window Heads To Senate

An Idaho Senate panel voted 7-2 in favor of a ban on abortions after a fetus has reached 20 weeks following fertilization. (The party-line vote of the Senate State Affairs Committee came Wednesday morning after 2 1/2 hours of testimony. The measure now goes to the full Senate. Senator Chuck Winder, the measure’s Republican sponsor, argues fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks, so an abortion shouldn’t be allowed. His “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is modeled after a law in Nebraska. Democratic Sen. Michelle Stennett of Ketchum raised concerns this could force parents to deliver babies with rare conditions that leave them unlikely to survive beyond the womb. Sean Patrick Kenney, a Nebraska doctor and abortion foe, said parents should make babies comfortable until they reach their “natural conclusion.

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