Pro-lifers hail Senate defeat of key abortion bill

Protesters take part in the March for Life 2022 in Washington, DC on January 21, 2022. |

While a bill that would have codified abortion rights into federal law did not advance in the U.S. Senate on Monday, life advocates argue that Senate Democrats who supported the bill are ” radically disconnected from the American people”.

The Senate failed to garner the votes needed to begin debate on the Women’s Health Protection Act, described as “a bill intended to protect a person’s ability to determine whether it is appropriate to continue or terminate a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services”. .”

The Senate fell short of the 60 votes required to invoke closure and begin debate on the bill, with 48 senators voting in favor of closure and 46 senators voting against.

All Senate Republicans who voted, including pro-choice Senators Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voted against invoking closure.

Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., was the only Senate Democrat to join Republicans in opposing the bill.

The Women’s Health Protection Act was passed by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last year, with all Republicans and one Democrat opposing the measure. The bill was backed by the White House, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader chuck schumer.

Pro-life groups issued statements late Monday, reiterating their concerns about the legislation and Democrats’ near-unanimous support for it. Meanwhile, pro-abortion organizations have condemned the Senate’s failure to move the bill forward.

“We thank all of our pro-life allies in the Senate who exposed the extremism of this bill and helped defeat it,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of grassroots lobbying organization Susan B. Anthony List.

“The abortion-on-demand law until the birth of Biden, Pelosi and Schumer would enshrine an unlimited ‘right’ to abortion in federal law and block common pro-life laws nationwide.”

“In calling for the passage of this bill, Chuck Schumer called abortion ‘sacred’ and a ‘fundamental right’ – proving that pro-abortion Democrats could not be more radically out of touch with the American people,” she added. “Those who sided with the abortion lobby to trample the will of the people will face political consequences.”

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, described the Women’s Health Protection Act as evidence of the “Democratic Party’s abortion bigotry.”

“This legislation shows how rigid and intransigent the Democratic Party has become on abortion,” she said. “This legislation would have made sweeping changes, including increasing taxpayer funding for abortion and removing requirements that a woman must receive information about the development of her unborn child so that she can take an informed decision.”

“This legislation would override nearly all existing protective state laws,” warned Jennifer Popik, NRLC’s director of federal legislation. “With this bill, elective abortion would have become the procedure that must always be facilitated – never delayed, never hindered in the slightest degree.”

Leaders of abortion advocacy organizations have vowed to continue fighting to pass the legislation. Alexis McGill Johnson, President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tweeted Monday saying Monday’s result was “disappointing”.

“But the progress we’ve made along the way is still a big step toward protecting access to abortion,” Johnson tweeted.

“We are grateful to all the organizers, volunteers, supporters and elected officials who fought for AMPS! We won’t stop fighting.

NARAL, an abortion advocacy group, blame Senate Republicans for blocking the bill from moving forward. NARAL argues that the legislation would “protect the legal right to abortion.”

“Reproductive freedom is at risk – but they failed to protect us,” NARAL tweeted. “We hold Republicans who voted against the WHPA accountable in 2022.”

The push to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, which began nearly three years ago in the 116th U.S. Congress, intensified last fall after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled authorized the entry into force of a Texas law prohibiting abortions after six weeks of gestation.

In addition, fears that the Supreme Court will overturn or weaken the precedent created by Roe vs. Wadethe 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide played a role in the drive to codify abortion into federal law.

The Supreme Court must rule on the constitutionality of a Mississippi law that prohibits abortion after 15 weeks of gestation.

A poll indicates that while most Americans oppose the overthrow of deer, most Americans support limiting abortions after 15 weeks gestation. A poll late last year sponsored by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies found that 54% of Americans oppose the overthrow Deer, while 56% of respondents expressed support for limiting abortions to the first 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be contacted at: ryan.foley@christianpost.com

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