Condemn Congressman for Attempts to Limit Women’s Abortion Rights

Target: Trent Franks, Arizona Congressman

Goal: Condemn Rep. Franks for his attempts to limit women’s access to safe and effective reproductive healthcare

Arizona Congressman Trent Franks is looking to extend an extremely dangerous and oppressive abortion bill from the District of Colombia to every state in the U.S.  This bill restricts all abortions after 20 weeks, severely limiting a woman’s opportunity to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Don’t let Representative Franks tell women what to do with their bodies – condemn the congressman for suggesting an expansion of the bill.

The bill, titled the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, has a 20-week restriction based on the idea that a fetus can feel pain at and past 20 weeks. This idea is disputed and not backed by science. Studies show that a fetus is typically not viable outside of the womb until 22 to 24 weeks, and should not be able to feel pain until then. This also means that a fetus aborted at 20 weeks would have an extremely slim chance of surviving if it was born at that time, which seems to indicate that such a fetus is not yet capable of life. As the Huffington Post points out “The bill directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that protects abortion rights up until the fetus would be viable outside the womb (usually 22 to 24 weeks).”

Women’s rights activists believe that people like Rep. Franks are expressly targeting all women in the United States and attacking their right to choose and their right to proper health care. Abortions are rarely performed after 24 weeks, and bills such as the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act simply make it much more difficult for women to afford and access safe abortion care. Condemn Rep. Franks for his attempts to limit and hinder women’s right to choose and ability to have safe and affordable abortions.


Dear Representative Franks,

You recently suggested that DC’s Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act be expanded to the entirety of the United States. Not only is this bill unconstitutional, it also threatens the health and lives of women everywhere. A fetus is not viable until after 22-24 weeks, yet you are looking to limit abortions to 20 weeks.

Access to safe and cost-effective abortions is an essential aspect of women’s reproductive rights, and to deny women of this right is unconstitutional. This seems like nothing more than an attack on women and their right to choose. I am severely disappointed in your actions and ask you to reconsider proposing a nationwide adoption of this bill.


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