Republicans Defeat Democrat Bill to Legalize Abortions Up to Birth Nationwide

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 11, 2023   |   5:24PM   |   Washington, DC

Republicans have defeated a Democrat bill that would legalize abortions up to birth nationwide.

House Republicans have introduced new legislation that would stop infanticide and protect babies who survive abortion. During the debate on the bill, Democrats offered a motion to kill the bill and send it back to committee with a motion to instead approve and move forward on a bill — the misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act. That measure would overturn every pro-life law in America and legalize abortions up to birth.

Fortunately, Republicans defeated the radical bill and the motion to recommit on a 219-212 vote with all but one Republican voting against the motion and bill and all Democrats but one voting for the motion and bill.

Democrat leaders and many mainstream news outlets portray the bill as an effort to simply “codify the right to an abortion” in the U.S. in response to the likelihood that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade later this year. 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

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In short, the legislation would overturn all federal and state pro-life laws and make it illegal for elected officials to even introduce pro-life legislation.

Bans on partial-birth abortions, 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 basic facts about their unborn baby’s development before going through with an abortion.

Democrats approved the bill under former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democrats are expected to take up the bill, which will likely be defeated in a Republican filibuster.

Following the vote Republicans are proceeding on the underlying bill to require medical care for babies who survive abortions.