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Delaware Lawmakers Consider 20-Week Ban on Abortion

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DOVER, Del. --- Senate lawmakers on Wednesday heard arguments for and against a pair of bills that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force doctors to offer an ultrasound to a woman having an abortion.

The bills were considered by the Senate Sunset committee, which held a public hearing on both pieces of legislation. Committee chairwoman Sen. Elizabeth "Tizzy" Lockman (D-Wilmington) said the bills were being considered by members of the Democrat-majority panel.

Among those attending Wednesday's meeting was T.J. Magee of Sussex County, who said she believes some research that says fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks.

"Once you start to allow pain to be inflicted and begin to justify that pain as being right a degree of our humanity begins to be pulled away," she said.

Opponents like Ruth Lytle-Barnaby with Planned Parenthood of Delaware said there are no credible findings that show fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks.

Additionally, she said the ultrasound bill and 20-week abortion ban would be used to intimidate women.

"The only purpose is to shame women, shame providers into doing something or halting something that a woman has chosen to do," she said.



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