Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Pushes Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Dec 29, 2021   |   10:50AM   |   Washington, DC

Democrat U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal urged the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster Monday so that Congress can legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to birth nationwide.

Fearing that the U.S. Supreme Court soon may overturn Roe v. Wade, Jayapal said Congress needs to act quickly to “protect abortion rights,” The Daily Wire reports. But, the filibuster, which requires 60 votes for most legislation to pass the Senate, is in the way.

“We cannot count on Donald Trump’s conservative Supreme Court to protect abortion rights. It’s time to end the filibuster and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act,” the Washington state politician wrote on Twitter.

More aptly described as the abortion-without-limits-up-to-birth act, the bill would strike down all pro-life laws and force states to legalize abortion on demand. Parental consent, informed consent, bans on partial-birth abortions and late-term abortions, bans on taxpayer funding for abortions, bans on sex-selection abortions and more would be erased if it passes.

The legislation would “guarantee equal access to abortion everywhere … free from medically unnecessary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual choice or the provider-patient relationship,” according to a press release from Democrat U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s office.

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The radical pro-abortion bill passed the House in September, but it has stalled in the Senate, in part, because of the filibuster.

Stoking fears about the Supreme Court overturning Roe, Jayapal and others are putting increasing pressure on lawmakers to get rid of the Senate rule. U.S. Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also recently demanded that the Senate end the filibuster so they can legalize abortion on demand.

Pro-abortion groups are lobbying politicians to end the filibuster, too. On Twitter, NARAL Pro-Choice America warned that women’s freedom and the so-called right to abort an unborn baby is under attack.

“We cannot be alarmist enough. What happens next will shape abortion rights in this country for decades to come,” said Mini Timmaraju, president of NARAL.

Free The States communications director James Silberman told The Daily Wire that abortion activists are afraid because they know abortion is not a constitutional right.

“That abortion supporters are working to codify legal abortion federally is only further confirmation of the obvious: abortion is not a right recognized by the Constitution or federal statute,” Silberman said. “There is no federal right to abortion, and there is nothing resembling a right to abortion. There was a rogue court which invented the ‘right to abortion’ from whole cloth.”

“What are constitutionally guaranteed, on the other hand, are the rights to life and equal protection,” Silberman continued. “Equal protection for preborn children is a mandate for every public official.”

In 1973, the Supreme Court created this so-called right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, forcing states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions through all nine months of pregnancy. Since then, about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard a direct challenge to Roe in the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health. Pro-life advocates hope and abortion activists fear the justices will use the case to overturn the infamous abortion ruling and allow states to protect unborn babies from abortion again. A ruling is expected sometime next year, likely in June.