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Ban on abortions after 5 months of pregnancy proposed by NJ lawmakers

Posted: 1:41 PM, Dec 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-06 21:00:52-05

TRENTON, N.J. — Abortions after the fifth month of pregnancy would be banned under legislation being introduced by Republican lawmakers in New Jersey.

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Anti-abortion advocates rally outside of the Supreme Court, March 2, 2016, in Washington, DC. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Senators Joe Pennacchio and Steven Oroho introduced the measure banning abortions after 20 weeks on Monday at the statehouse complex.

Specifically they say the bill is needed to protect vulnerable unborn children.

The new bill would create exceptions in cases of incest, rape or if the mother’s life is at risk.

Unlike some other states New Jersey does not restrict or prohibit abortions in cases of life or health endangerment at certain points in the pregnancy.

It’s unclear whether the legislation would clear the Democrat-led Legislature. Messages left with the Assembly speaker and Senate president were not immediately returned.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office did not immediately respond.

The republican’s push comes on the heels of Donald Trump’s presidential victory last month.

Since becoming the president-elect, Trump has said women who undergo abortions should face “some form of punishment” if the procedure were outlawed.

Trump once supported abortion rights, but now favors outlawing the procedure and has sought “pro-life candidates” in an effort to repeal the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal nationwide.

PIX11’s Ashley Soley-Cerro and CNN contributed to this report.