20-Week Abortion Bans

By Estella Johnson

The 20-week abortion ban is targeted at older women who are more likely to have pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies. Women who have an amniocentesis to determine the health of the fetus would no longer be able to use the results as the tests can first be done at 17-18 weeks and take two weeks to complete, placing a woman beyond the 20 week deadline. https://choicematters.org/2017/10/06/20-week-abortion…o-big-deal-think/

This article gives a little background on 20-week bans and lists examples of those bans in the country as of September 12th, 2018. https://rewire.news/legislative-tracker/law-topic/20-week-bans/

This article by The Guttmacher Institute talks a bit about the background of abortion rights in this country, highlights current law around the issue.  https://www.guttmacher.org/state-policy/explore/state-policies-later-abortions

This article by the NYT talks about the proposed bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks that recently failed in the US Senate.  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/us/politics/senate-abortion-ban-20-weeks.html