by Steven Ertelt/LifeNews.com

Leading pro-life groups are working overtime to convince members of the House to support a bill up for a vote tomorrow that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy in the nation’s capital.

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3803, the D.C. Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, on Tuesday following an afternoon debate. H.R. 3541 is scheduled for consideration under “Suspension of the Rules,” so a two-thirds majority will be necessary for passage — a number that will be difficult to reach given the pushback from pro-abortion groups bent on keeping abortion on demand legal throughout pregnancy in the District of Columbia.

This legislation prohibits abortions on pain-capable unborn children after 20 weeks fertilization age (22 weeks LMP) in the District of Columbia, where abortion is currently legal until birth for any reason.

The most common method of abortion used in the late second trimester is the “D&E” or dismemberment abortion, which involves using a long steel tool to grasp and tear off, by brute force, the arms and legs of the unborn child. Then the head is crushed and removed.

The Susan B. Anthony List is one of the groups working to convey this to members of Congress and the public: “Did you know that right now, abortions are legal in the District of Columbia for any reason, through all nine months of pregnancy, until the moment of birth?” writes SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser. “And medical evidence shows that by 20 weeks in age, an unborn child can feel intense pain as he or she is torn apart, limb by limb, by brute manual force, during a D&E abortion – a horrific practice that is happening right now, at an abortion business not far from the White House right here in Washington, DC.”

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