Elections matter. If not for the sake of protecting the rights of those outside the womb, then most definitely for pre-born Americans. Last week’s House vote on one of the most extreme abortion rights bills to date serves as an important reminder to all pro-life voters as the United States gears up for another election season next fall.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi clapped back at Texas’s Heartbeat Law, declaring it responsible for “catastrophe to women in Texas” and an “unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health.” She further described the subsequent Supreme Court’s upholding of the law as “cowardly” and vowed to deliver a law that would “enshrine” the right of women across America to end the lives of their babies with few to no restrictions at any gestational age.
Pelosi delivered good on her promise with the proposal of HR 3755, an incredibly permissive abortion law, that if passed, would override any and all state restrictions on abortions. The “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021” passed the House last week in a vote of 218-211, with all but one House Democrat voting in favor.
The text of HR 3755 uses the term “reproductive justice” to describe the unfettered right of women in any state to seek out abortion services for nearly any reason. House Democrats deem abortion services as “essential to healthcare” and an integral part of “people’s ability to participate equally in the economic and social life of the United States.” It additionally comes as no surprise that the bill terms “unjustified” restrictions to abortions as responsible for perpetuating “white supremacy” and “anti-black racism.”
Some notable and concerning provisions of the new bill include the prohibition of tests or medical procedures (such as ultrasounds) prior to the execution of an abortion. It also prevents any state or entity from enacting restrictions on abortion prior to “fetal viability,” which the law defines as the ability of a baby to survive outside the womb, based solely on the discretion of the physician. In the name of “reproductive health,” the bill furthermore overturns any state or other requirement that patients disclose the reason for ending the life of their pre-born child/children prior to subjective “viability.”
While it’s believed the bill will not survive an upcoming vote in the evenly-divided Senate, it absolutely should serve as a warning to pro-life voters. Next year’s mid-term elections are not ones to sit out. The introduction of last week’s extreme abortion bill proves the dogged attempts of the Left to ensure pre-born Americans are never granted equal rights protected under law, and the ongoing efforts to undermine states’ rights to that end should not go unnoticed.