This bill is a Trojan Horse designed to further erode women’s reproductive rights. Only slightly more than 1% of abortions take place at 21 weeks or later, and those are performed due to fetal medical conditions or because the pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s health or life. Only medical providers have the knowledge and skills required to assess patients and determine which medical procedures are safest and best, not Congress nor the public at-large (who are best to keep their opinions, religious beliefs and ideologies to themselves). The idea that a fetus can feel pain was researched by the UC-SanFrancisco in 2005. The study concluded that “fetal perception of pain is unlikely before the third trimester” because most of the body structures that are necessary to feel pain have not yet fully developed. See www.guttmacher.org/evidence-you-can-use/later-abortion.