House Democrats Pass Abortion Bill in Response to Recent Pro-Life Law

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a comprehensive pro-choice bill, sweeping away state limits on abortion in a quick and primarily symbolic vote following several pro-life laws making their way to the Supreme Court from Texas and other conservative states.

After the Supreme Court refused a plea to suspend the newly passed Texas law prohibiting most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, the House voted 218-211 to approve H.R 3755, known as the Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill was pushed to the floor without a committee hearing.

Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said, “Today, the House of Representatives took a crucial step to safeguard the right to access abortion care in the United States. Accessing abortion has been recognized as a constitutional right for nearly half a century. Yet, this right is now under sustained attack by anti-choice state legislatures and a hostile Supreme Court.”

The bill is not likely to make it to the Senate floor. However, the debate allowed Democrats to raise awareness about the challenges to Roe v. Wade ahead of the 2022 election, which is led by Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. The Supreme Court will hear this case on December 1. Democrats also slammed the new Texas legislation that enables nearly anyone to sue abortion providers who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat is discovered, usually about six to eight weeks into the pregnancy.

House Democrats contend that H.R 3755 is necessary to codify the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion nationally, while Republicans deride the measure, calling it the “Abortion on Demand Act.”

Democrat Representative Diana DeGette of Colorado stated, “Today, nearly 90% of counties in this country no longer have a single abortion provider. Enough is enough. If the [Supreme Court] justices over in that building there won’t act, the U.S. House of Representatives will act.”

New Jersey Republican Representative Chris Smith said, “This bill is far outside the American mainstream and goes far beyond Roe v. Wade. This bill constitutes an existential threat to unborn children and to the value of life itself.” Smith also claimed the measure would “nullify every modest pro-life restriction ever enacted by the states.”

Republican Lisa McClain from Michigan offered harsh words for Democrats in favor of the bill, saying, “The majority has chosen once again to lie to the American people about what this bill is about. This bill has nothing to do with women’s health. This bill is about infanticide. To my Democratic colleagues, if you’re supportive of infanticide, just say it.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene also gave her opinion.

Arguments reportedly became highly personal, with at least two Democratic women discussing their abortions and Texas Republican Beth Van Duyne talking about her miscarriage and holding a life-size doll of a baby at the time of delivery.

 

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