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H.R. 4399: Support And Value Expectant Moms and Babies Act of 2019

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Should the process be curtailed, or is it a safe and vital option for many women?


Chemical abortions induce the procedure chemically with pills, rather than surgically. Usually used between seven and nine weeks into pregnancy, the two-medication process first loosens the attachment between the fetus and the uterus, then induces uterus cramping to expel the pregnancy.

The process was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, then access was eased again in 2016, during the final year of the Obama Administration.

As a result, at least 39% of abortions were performed chemically in 2017, up from only 5.5% in 2001. In several states, more than half of abortions were performed chemically, including Mississippi, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, South Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

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Robert Latta

Sponsor. Representative for Ohio's 5th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Sep 19, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Sep 19, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on September 19, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Sep 19, 2019

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H.R. 4399 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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