Democrats File Bill to Overturn Abortion Bans Alabama and Georgia Just Passed

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 23, 2019   |   6:02PM   |   Washington, DC

House Democratic leaders introduced a radical pro-abortion bill Thursday that would overturn all the progress pro-life states have made to protect unborn babies.

The Women’s Health Protection Act would make abortion on demand federal law, and prohibit any limits on abortions up to birth, The Blaze reports. Its lead sponsors are U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, and U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, D-California.

“Our bill finally puts a stop to the state-based attacks that anti-abortion advocates have been trying to use to undermine or even reverse Roe,” Chu said Thursday at a news conference. That would mean “no heartbeat bills” such as the ones in Georgia and Ohio or any other “non-medical restrictions on our bodies,” she continued.

“It means no abortion bans,” Chu said.

The bill has 169 sponsors in the U.S. House and 41 in the U.S. Senate.

The Washington Times reports the Democrats’ news conference included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Planned Parenthood and other abortion activists who declared “war” on the new pro-life laws in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio and other states.

“Make no mistake. We’re at war,” said U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Florida. “The Trump administration and Republicans all over this country have declared war against the women trying to take away the right from us to make very important decisions about our healthcare.”

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, of New York, a presidential contender, also backed the bill Thursday on Twitter.

“The politicians interfering in patients’ access to abortion would never accept us getting between them and their health care,” Gillibrand wrote. “We won’t allow them into our exam rooms either. Now more than ever, we need to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act.”

Planned Parenthood CEO Leana Wen also joined the news conference. Afterward on Twitter, she described the politicians behind the bill as “pro-women’s health champions” because they support the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to birth.

The bill may pass the U.S. House, but it is highly unlikely to pass the U.S. Senate, where Republicans still have control.

The legislation also is radically out of touch with most voters’ views on abortion. A new Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive. Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri and a number of other states have passed or are considering heartbeat laws this year.

Earlier this year, a Marist University poll found that just 13 percent of Americans support a New York law that legalized abortions for basically any reason up to birth.

Through the years, Gallup polling consistently has found similar results. A majority of Americans oppose most or all abortions. In 2018, 53 percent of Americans said abortions should be legal in only a few or no circumstances, compared to 43 percent who said abortions should be legal all or most circumstances.