With 228 votes in favour and 196 against, the House of Representatives of the United States (Republican majority) has approved a bill banning abortion after the twentieth week, reducing the time limit set by the historic Roe v. Wade case in 1973, which instead refers to the moment in which the foetus is able to survive outside the womb, that is 24-28 weeks. Among the reasons which led to the bill, there are also medical studies attesting to the fact that after this time the foetus is capable of feeling pain. It is very likely (given the composition of the Senate and the White House) that the proposal will not pass, but it is still an important demonstration of the opportunity to review some aspects of abortion, too often, assumed to be unchangeable.
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