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Washington Co. lawmaker's bill would ban abortions at 20 weeks or later

March 06, 2013|By KAUSTUV BASU | kaustuv.basu@herald-mail.com

ANNAPOLIS — Del. Neil C. Parrott, R-Washington, has introduced a bill in the Maryland General Assembly that would prohibit abortions at 20 weeks gestation or later, except under some circumstances such as medical emergencies.

The bill, known as the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Edward R. Reilly, R-Anne Arundel.

“Since children in the womb 20 weeks old or older feel pain … we should not allow abortions for children 20 weeks old or older,” Parrott said at a press conference Wednesday.
Parrott said at the press conference that it was a “privilege really to represent people who cannot represent themselves” and said the bill makes common sense.

Parrott said he was against women in advanced pregnancies from getting abortions because that “baby in there is viable and can feel pain.”

Reilly said at the press conference that he hoped that the state would pass the bill.

“This bill in front of us allows all of us to have a very transparent and appropriate discussion on how do we protect our most vulnerable,” he said.

Jeffrey Meister, a director with a state group called Maryland Right to Life, and Robert Nelson, a pastor with Immanuel’s Church, a church in Silver Spring, were also present at the press conference.

“Right now abortion is legal and on demand through all nine months of pregnancy in Maryland,” Meister said. “It is time to bring Maryland law into the 21st century.”

He said that the state had become a hub for late-term abortions.

“We are united today, calling on the General Assembly and the governor to support this bill and ensure that Maryland stands for the cause of justice,” Meister said.          

Meister said eight other states have passed similar legislation.

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