House Democrats have a small majority, and it’s getting harder to get votes within their party to approve the legislation. This week, a group of roughly ten progressive Democrats pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remove $1 billion from a government funding package for Israel’s protective anti-missile Iron Dome program. On Friday, however, House Democrats voted to establish an almost limitless authority to murder a fetus during pregnancy in federal law.
Only four Democratic dissenters were necessary to defeat this draconian abortion bill, but the only one did. It will nullify nearly all state abortion limits and regulations, including a slew of health and safety laws designed to protect women’s lives. Moreover, the legislation is nothing less than a barbaric act. The bill would provide an absolute right to abortion before fetal viability. It will ban governments from preserving life beyond viability until birth if a health care practitioner finds that continuing the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother’s life or health.
Furthermore, Pelosi’s assertion was patently incorrect. The actual reason the bill was never brought to the floor for a vote was that many Democrats deemed it to be too harsh. Democratic abortion legislation may not even get 50 Senate votes. Susan Collins, one of two Senate Republicans who support a broad abortion right, believes portions of the measure go too far. The elections are in 2022, but the law appears unlikely to pass now.
According to Collins, the law would “significantly impair” conscience rights. Additionally, it would force states to allow abortions to be performed by non-physicians throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Additionally, the bill would nullify Pennsylvania’s statutory 24-week abortion restriction. The United States is one of just seven countries on the planet that permits elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Democrats in Congress want to ensure that all 50 states remain there if the Supreme Court corrects this gross violation of human rights and constitutional law. However, the Supreme Court’s priority should be to overturn Roe, not to codify it.