Abortion Congress

Outreach: Republicans Will Vote On Another Abortion Bill

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While congressional Republicans are primarily focused on passing their fantasy budget that would radically transform the country into a Randian hellscape, they do have other important legislation that they wish to pass.

House Republicans will once again attempt to pass an abortion bill that was previously shelved.

“Life is precious and we must do everything we can to fight for it and protect it,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told The Weekly Standard. [...]

The vote is set to take place around May 13, the two-year anniversary of the conviction of Kermit Gosnell, a doctor convicted of killing three infants who were born alive during attempted abortion procedures.

The previous version of the bill was shelved in January because some members objected to the idea that rape victims should be forced to report their assault to police if they want to have an abortion. The new version of the bill does not contain that provision, however it does require that women “receive either medical treatment or licensed counseling at least 48 hours prior to the late-term procedure.”

This is not the first time congressional Republicans have voted to pass a 20-week abortion ban and I'm sure it won't be the last.

Obviously, the president will not sign this into law if it does reach his desk.

  • muselet

    “Science tells us that, after twenty weeks, babies can feel pain and are increasingly able to live outside the womb,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), one of the bill’s leading sponsors, wrote in a release, citing the study.

    “The study” referred to was one published in New England Journal of Medicine on 7 May. The Hill helpfully reported on that study:

    The study released Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that 5.1 percent of babies born at 22 weeks were able to survive, and 3.4 percent were able to survive without severe impairments.

    Which is roughly what the numbers were reported to be twenty years ago. That makes Diane Black either a liar or an ignoramus.

    Quelle surprise.

    –alopecia

    • JMAshby

      When I saw that study yesterday I knew it would be twisted and used by the “pro-life” crowd.

      • Tim Eldred

        Sounds to me like the jury is still out on that one, and if we don’t have scientific consensus we shouldn’t make a move that could harm Americans. (Wow, the Republican playbook works pretty well. We should use it more often.)