House Democrats passed a radical pro-abortion bill Friday that would force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies for basically any reason up to birth and force taxpayers to pay for their deaths.
CNBC reports lawmakers voted largely along party lines in favor of the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act. The vote was 219 to 210.
Democrat leaders and many mainstream news outlets portray the bill as an effort to simply “codify the right to an abortion” in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. But pro-life advocates, who nicknamed the legislation the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, said it would go beyond Roe and get rid of almost all laws that protect unborn babies.
Bans on sex-selection abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions would be gone if the bill passes. Laws that protect women and girls would be eliminated, too, including parental consent for minors and informed consent laws that ensure mothers receive facts about abortion risks and their unborn baby’s development before going through with an abortion.
“This bill seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “Today’s votes show that Democrats are not interested in protecting women and their unborn children. They are only interested in protecting the interests of the abortion lobby.”
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, asserted that Democrats were acting on behalf of the American people in response to the Supreme Court’s recent abortion ruling.
“Public sentiment is everything,” Pelosi said Friday prior to the vote, according to CNBC. “As Republicans in Congress, the courts and across the country seek to punish and control women, Democrats are honoring the basic truth: Women’s most intimate health decisions are her own.”
But polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose abortion on demand and support strong legal protections for unborn babies. Pelosi also was wrong that pro-life advocates want to punish and control women. Pro-life laws do not punish women, and pro-life leaders clearly and repeatedly say they oppose such punishments.
Human Coalition Action national legislative advisor Chelsey Youman said the only thing the bill protects is the abortion industry.
“The Women’s Health Protection Act wouldn’t do anything to ‘protect’ life – but it would protect the abortion industry,” Youman said. “It would enshrine abortion for all nine months, for almost any reason – a barbaric move. It would force Americans to pay for abortions with their tax dollars. It would violate the conscience rights of some health care professionals by forcing them to perform abortions against their deepest-held beliefs.”
The legislation now heads to the U.S. Senate, where Republicans are expected to block its passage.
If it passes, the bill would:
- Eliminate all state and federal parental consent laws in relation to abortion
- Eliminate all state informed consent laws, including those that allow women to view an ultrasound prior to abortion
- Prevent states from passing laws to protect babies at 20 weeks, thereby joining countries like North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands in not protecting unborn children later in development
- Force doctors and nurses opposed to abortion to lose their jobs, and Catholic hospitals could lose public funds unless they perform abortions
- Eliminate decades-long limitations on direct taxpayer funding of abortion – including the popular Hyde Amendment, which has saved more than 2 million lives since enacted
A new national poll by OnMessage and Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America found that 70 percent of voters oppose abortion without restrictions, and 63 percent oppose legislation that would overturn nearly all state-level bans on abortion, even limits on late-terms abortion.
“Pro-abortion Democrats are dramatically out of touch with a majority of Americans who reject abortion extremism,” SBA Pro-Life America president Marjorie Dannenfelser said. “Already in this new Dobbs era, more than a dozen states have implemented life-saving protections for unborn children and their mothers.”
President Joe Biden and almost all Democrats in Congress support the pro-abortion bill. And while the House has passed it three times, U.S. Senate Republicans repeatedly have used the filibuster to block it.
Even among many Democrat voters, the bill is too extreme. Polls consistently show that a strong majority of Americans oppose late-term abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions. A 2022 Marist poll found that just 36 percent of Americans believe abortions should be legal without any restrictions. Additionally, 73 percent oppose using tax dollars to fund abortions.