Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly news conference with reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., August 6, 2021. (Gabrielle Crockett/Reuters) The Democrats’ bill would codify a right to abortion through nine months of pregnancy in all 50 states.
After the Supreme Court declined to enjoin a Texas law that seeks to prohibit abortions in most cases after a baby’s heartbeat is detected, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House will vote next week on the Women’s Health Protection Act — a bill that would wipe almost all state-level abortion restrictions off the books.
“This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade,” she tweeted.
The Court’s cowardly decision to uphold a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health is staggering. The House will bring up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) September 2, 2021
The bill, if enacted, would establish a federal right to abortion through all nine months of pregnancy if a single doctor asserted the abortion was necessary to protect the mental and emotional health of a woman seeking an abortion. As I wrote when the bill was reintroduced in the previous session of Congress:
The measure wouldn’t merely prohibit states such as Georgia and Alabama from banning abortion early in pregnancy if Roe v. Wade were overturned. It would also invalidate most state laws limiting late-term abortion, including Pennsylvania’s 24-week limit, under which notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in 2013 for killing 21 infants in utero (in addition to his conviction for murdering three infants with scissors after they had been born). Indeed, it would wipe almost all state limits on abortion, including mandatory waiting period and ultrasound requirements, off the books.
Essentially, congressional Democrats seek to take the standard for late-term abortion proposed earlier this year in Virginia — and shelved after the bill’s chief sponsor Kathy Tran acknowledged it would allow abortion through all nine months of pregnancy if a lone doctor asserted it was necessary for mental-health reasons —
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