Speaker Nancy Pelosi, outraged by the new Texas heartbeat law, promised Thursday to bring up a radical pro-abortion bill for a vote when lawmakers return Sept. 20.
Newsmax reports Pelosi slammed the Texas law as a “dangerous” and “flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health” in a press conference with reporters.
Though about a dozen states have passed similar heartbeat laws, Texas is the first to be allowed to enforce its law. The others have been blocked by the courts. The heartbeat law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year.
Pelosi blamed the U.S. Supreme Court as well as Texans for the life-saving law. In her statement Thursday, she signaled plans to use her power to override the will of Texas voters and all Americans who want their states to protect unborn babies from abortion.
“This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade,” Pelosi said. “Upon our return, 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.”
House Resolution 3755, deceptively named the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” would invalidate basically all pro-life laws that protect mothers and unborn babies, pro-life leaders have warned. These include late-term abortion bans, parental consent for minors, bans on taxpayer-funded abortions, informed consent requirements and bans on sex-selection abortions. Conscience protection laws that protect pro-life doctors and nurses from being forced to help abort unborn babies also would be at risk.
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States already are very limited in their ability to protect unborn babies from abortion because of Roe v. Wade, and Chu’s bill would take away even more power from the American people, the vast majority of whom support more protections for babies in the womb.
Yet, Pelosi portrayed herself, Chu and other pro-abortion lawmakers as champions for women and health care because they support the killing of unborn babies in abortions without limits.
“Every woman everywhere has the constitutional right to basic health care,” Pelosi said, CNBC reports.
Democrats narrowly control the House, so Chu’s radical bill could pass this fall. However, the U.S. Senate is split 50-50, and Republicans almost certainly would block it with a filibuster.
The heartbeat law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies’ lives every year, including 100 every day. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May, it prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, typically about six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions are allowed if the mother’s life is at risk. Unique from other heartbeat laws, the Texas legislation includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law.
Texas Right to Life expressed hope that its life-saving legislation will spread to other states and save babies from abortion all across the country.
Texas abortion facilities have stopped aborting unborn babies after six weeks of pregnancy, but the court battle is far from over. Though the Supreme Court refused to block enforcement of the heartbeat law late Wednesday, the justices made it clear that they were not ruling on its constitutionality. The case now returns back to the lower courts for consideration.
Since Roe, nearly 63 million unborn babies have been legally aborted in the U.S. Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortions in the second and third trimesters and many support heartbeat laws that protect unborn babies at their earliest stage of life.