Reuters reports the U.S. House Rules Committee voted 9-4 on Tuesday to send the pro-abortion bill to the full House for a vote.
Deceptively named the Women’s Health Protection Act, the bill would erase basically all restrictions on abortion and prevent states from enacting even modest protections for unborn babies. It also would force taxpayers to fund the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a pro-life Republican, slammed the legislation for going “way beyond” Roe v. Wade.
“Roe v. Wade allowed for state laws, informed consent regulations, ultrasound requirements, parental consent or notification in the case of minors, aiming to protect women from coercion,” she said. “This bill would preempt and prevent these common sense laws that are permitted under Roe.”
Rodgers continued: “This legislation is really about a mandate by the federal government that would demand abortions on demand without any considerations of anyone, including the conscience of the providers. It would override state laws.”
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According to Roll Call, the Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote on the bill later this week, potentially Friday. Though Democrats also narrowly control the U.S. Senate, they likely do not have enough votes to pass the bill.
Angered by the Texas heartbeat law, Democrat leaders hope to appease their pro-abortion supporters by passing the legislation in the House. They are portraying the legislation as mere “codification” of Roe v. Wade, rather than admitting that the bill will force states to allow unborn babies to be aborted without limits up to birth.
“Action is both urgent and necessary,” said U.S. Rep. Norma Torres before the committee vote Tuesday.
U.S. House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries also decried pro-life advocates in a statement Tuesday, calling them a “bunch of yahoos,” AlterNet reports.
“Later on this week, we will pass legislation sponsored by Judy Chu, the Women’s Health Care Protection Act, to make it clear that women across America should have the freedom to make their own reproductive health care decisions,” Jeffries said.
This issue “shouldn’t be determined by a bunch of yahoos in Texas and a negligent Supreme Court,” Jeffries continued, referring to the high court’s recent decision not to temporarily block the Texas heartbeat law.
The pro-abortion legislation also received support from the White House. In a statement Monday, the Biden administration said, “In the wake of Texas’ unprecedented attack, it has never been more important to codify this constitutional right and to strengthen health care access for all women, regardless of where they live.”
U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-California, is the lead sponsor of the legislation in the House. The bill has 45 co-sponsors in the Senate and 176 in the House.
A recent poll found strong opposition to abortion on demand among American voters. According to the OnMessage/SBA List poll, 53 percent said they are more likely to vote for a Republican candidate who supports a 15-week limit on abortion versus 28 percent who prefer a Democratic candidate who supports unlimited abortion up until the moment of birth. Independent voters break strongly to the Republican side by a 54 percent to 18 percent margin.
Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said the bill “would essentially remove all legal protections for unborn children on the federal and state level. The Women’s Health Protection Act is, in effect, a no-limits-on-abortion-until-
“Tragically, the only ones to benefit from such a law would be abortionists and abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood,” she added. “This legislation endangers women and their unborn children, would expand taxpayer funding of abortion and would no longer require that a woman be given information about the development of her unborn child.”
If passed, here is what this bill would do:
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