House passes bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks

The House passed a bill Tuesday to ban abortion after 20 weeks -- except in cases of rape, incest, or danger to the life of the mother. File Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

By Sara Shayanian – UPI

The House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks — legislation that analysts believe may find stiff resistance from Democrats in the Senate.

H.R. 36, sponsored by Rep. Franks Trent, R-Ariz., proposes to subject violators of the law to a fine and up to five years in prison.

“A physician who performs or attempts to perform an abortion under an exception must comply with specified requirements,” the bill said.

The legislation, called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, passed by a final vote of 237-189.

Multiple exceptions to the late-term ban are laid out in the bill, including cases necessary to save the life of the mother and rape or incest.

Although the bill passed easily in the House, experts say getting it through the Senate will be tough — where it needs 60 votes to pass and move on to President Donald Trump‘s desk.

Trump vowed to sign the bill and applauded the House for “continuing its efforts to secure critical pro-life protections.”