Congressional Bill Would Legalize Unlimited Abortion, Overturn Pro-Life Laws

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 9, 2006   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 9, 2006

Washington, DC ( — Abortion advocates in Congress have reintroduced a measure that would legalize unlimited abortion and overturn key pro-life laws like parental involvement and measures allowing women to have information about abortion’s risks and alternatives.

While abortion is legal in the United States, it is allowed only because of a controversial 1973 Supreme Court decision — not due to any federal law approved by Congress.

The pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act would not only codify Roe v. Wade but would overturn key pro-life laws including limits on taxpayer funding of abortion and bans on partial-birth abortions.

In an email to their activists, NARAL said Friday that it wanted abortion advocates to contact Congress and support the bill.

"President Bush and other anti-choice leaders are working to reverse Roe v. Wade," NARAL said. "But we have a trump card and we’re ready to use it."

Douglas Johnson, the legislative director of National Right to Life, told that the bill goes much further than making Roe v. Wade the law of the land. It would nullify virtually every pro-life limit on abortion the pro-life community has fought so hard to enact in the 33 years since Roe.

"Any federal lawmaker who favors unrestricted abortion on demand for both adults and minors, and public funding of abortion on demand, should speedily cosponsor this bill," Johnson told

Because of how egregious the bill really is, the ACLU immediately endorsed it saying it was good because it would "prohibit the government from enacting measures" to reduce abortions.

The measure, which has been introduced numerous times before dating back to the early Clinton administration years, has never made much progress in Congress. The bill may not even receive a committee hearing in either the House or Senate, where pro-life lawmakers control the agenda.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California and Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, both Demcorats, are the lead sponsors of the pro-abortion meaures (S.2593/H.R.5151).