As of the present, there has been twelve major events within the political world surrounding abortion. Starting in late January of 2017 the 115th congress on abortion is passed. On January 5th of 2017 House-Speaker Paul Ryan announces, “That Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare would include a provision to defund Planned Parenthood.” according to BallotPedia, a nonpartisan online political encyclopedia.
On January 12th of 2017 Steve King, a United States Representative, proposes a bill informally known as, “The Heartbeat Bill”. According to King, “His legislation will require all physicians, before conducting an abortion, to detect the heartbeat of the unborn child. If a heartbeat is detected, the baby is protected” (2017). This bill may propose troubles with expecting mothers due to the fact that a heartbeat is detectable in early stages of pregnancy, “As early as six to seven weeks” states the American Pregnancy Association, a non-profit organization that promotes wellness and awareness to expecting mothers (2017). Then, on January 23 of 2017 President Donald Trump reinstated a policy in Mexico City which would halt funding or foreign aid in abortion operations, referrals for abortion physicians, and any other methods that promote birth prevention in Mexico City. On January 24 of 2017 the house passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act. This act would stop federal funding of abortion or health insurance that includes coverage for abortions except in cases of rape, danger to the mother’s life, or incest.
Following was the enactment of the act on April 13 of 2017. This effectively made it legal for states to withhold the funding of taxpayers and government aid for abortions. On May 15 of 2017 there was an expansion on the bill in Mexico City that blocked funding from the State Department and the U.S. Administration for International Development. The expansion added the Department of Defense to this list.
On October 3 of 2017 the house passes the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. This act effectively states that any fetus twenty weeks or older can experience pain, and therefore should not be aborted. This bill still has to go through senate and the president before it is enacted.
A while later, on January 18 of 2018 the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is passed. This is a bill stating that physicians can refuse to take part in treatment of any patient due to moral or religious conflict. This includes abortion and the treatment of transgender individuals and their transition medical operations. Not long after, on January 19 of 2018 the house passes the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. This act will require physicians to use the same degree of care as any other born alive child as the ones that are, “accidently” born, and the doctor is required to get immediate admission into a hospital.
If these steps are not followed the doctor may face murder charges according to BallotPedia (2018). On the same day President Donald Trump responds to the March for Life voicing that his team, “will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life. … We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society” (2018). Not too soon later, on January 29 of 2017 the Senate rejects Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
This will mean rearrangements would need to be made by senate and set back to the house to get re-voted in and then go back to senate and eventually be enacted by President Donald Trump, who has voiced his approval of the act.