For most of his political career, Congressman Mike Coffman took a hard-line position against any rape or incest exception to his anti-abortion stance. But facing a tough reelection campaign in 2013, he issued a statement that he favored such exception. But he's never explained why his position changed.
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that could challenge Roe V. Wade.
Under this legislation, women whose lives are in danger would be prohibited from receiving a safe and legal abortion after 20 weeks -- even when their doctor determines it is medically necessary. Doctors could face up to five years in jail for acting to prevent serious and potentially lifelong harm to their patient. In addition, the bill would enact senseless barriers for rape victims.
Abortions after 20 weeks are extremely rare, accounting for only about 1 percent of all abortions. Opponents of the legislation
The House passed the same 20-week ban in 2013, but it never received a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Now, Senate
The letter, circulated by the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List, stresses the urgency of taking up Sen. Lindsey Graham's
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which the House passed in June, places a gestational limit on abortions based
Several states, including Texas, Nebraska and Arizona, have enacted their own bans on abortion after 20 weeks, and the city
But the bill has caused several problems for the Republican Party at a time when it desperately needs to reach out to women
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), the bill's author, sparked outcry last week after saying he opposed an exception for rape victims