House Republicans Find Time to Ban Abortion

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

From the massacre in Las Vegas, to the expiration of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to our inadequate response to Hurricane Maria, there's a lot going on in America that Congress should be responding to, but they found time today to advance an abortion bill.

The abortion bill, which the House has passed before, would shorten the time period in which a woman can legally seek an abortion, based on the medically unsupported claim that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, authored an op-ed on the anti-abortion website LifeNews.com on Monday touting the legislation.

Democrats in the Senate will certainly filibuster this if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brings it up for a vote so, in addition to being an affront to the civil rights and bodily autonomy of women, I'd say that makes this an extraordinary waste of time.

Federal courts have also ruled in recent years that 20-week abortion bans passed by various states are unconstitutional. The Supreme Court has allowed these lower court rulings to stand.

  • swift_4

    And where are the Democrats screaming that Republicans abandoned children last week, yet pretend they are trying to protect children this week?

  • Christopher Foxx

    Since when have complete wastes of time and laws that will clearly be found unconstitutional been of any interest to Republicans. Hell, if they couldn’t propose bills that hit one if not both of those marks, they’d have nothing to propose.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Many things about Republican politics are more about form than substance. For instance, they care more about showing respect to the flag than they do about respecting the ideals for which it stands. Similarly, they would rather see shallow honor for the military rather than, you know, getting them killed in pointless un-ending wars. They’d rather vote to repeal ObamaCare 60+ time rather than do anything to make health care better. They’d rather vote to make abortion illegal than provide sex education which would make it less necessary. They’d rather lock up drug users than treat the mental health issues behind addiction.

      All show and no substance.

      It doesn’t matter if they get struck down. Because they will have already achieved their goal of showing that they have such-and-such a stance. Follow-through was never part of the bargain.

      • Georgie

        Sadly true.

      • Christopher Foxx

        they care more about showing respect to the flag than they do about respecting the ideals for which it stands.

        Exactly. Their interest is in showing respect. It’s all an act.

        They’re more interested in scoring points with their base by telling them someone else is bad. Claiming to respect the flag is just the cover story for that. They have no respect for the flag as anything other than a prop they can use to divide and thereby retain power.