The White House on Monday said President Trump would sign a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, if Congress passes the legislation.
The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the bill, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which is sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz. If the bill were to become law, people who perform abortions after 20 weeks would face a fine, up to five years in prison or both.
The bill contains limited exceptions, including when a woman’s pregnancy puts her life at risk and in cases of rape or incest.
“The bill, if enacted into law, would help to facilitate the culture of life to which our nation aspires,” the Trump administration wrote in a statement of administration policy.
A similar piece of legislation passed the House in 2015 but was blocked by Senate Democrats. It is expected to be blocked again in the Senate, where Republicans hold a thin 52-seat majority. The bill needs 60 Senate votes to pass.
Seventeen states ban abortion at about 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Advocates of 20-week bans say a fetus can feel pain at this time in the gestation period. Abortion rights groups have counter that women who have an abortion late in a pregnancy are often faced with genetic results that indicate if a child is born he or she will be disabled or will not survive.