White House: Obama Would Veto Bill Restricting Post-Viability Abortions
6:08 PM, Jun 17, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Last week, Jay Carney ducked a question on President Obama's position on a bill banning elective abortions during the final four months of pregnancy. The White House issued a statement Monday saying that the president would veto the bill:
H.R. 1797 prohibits most abortions that take place later than 22 weeks into pregnancy (20 weeks after conception), the point at which some babies can survive long-term if born. The bill contains exceptions for when the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, or when a physical health condition puts the life of the mother at risk.
Obama's veto threat does indicate what point in pregnancy or under which circumstances, if any, he would find a restriction on abortion acceptable.
The president has been all over the map on the issue of late-term abortions, perhaps because the politics of the issue are much more dangerous for a pro-choice politician. Gallup polling, for example, shows that only 14 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in the third trimester.
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