This coming Friday, the House of Representatives plans to try and vote on the new Women’s Health Protection Act. They currently have the expectation that it will most likely fail in the currently split Senate even if it manages to make it through the House.
In what is being called a mostly symbolic action, House Democrats are trying to vote on the measure as a way to display their willingness to try and codify the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade into law as the largest court may try and overturn the decision that went on to effectively make abortion illegal across the country back in 1973.
Democrats just may see this as a potentially important issue in the upcoming midterm elections and are trying to lock in a vote this year in order to throw on a badge displaying their pro-abortion status to potential voters that they are, in fact, trying to take action if the Supreme Court continues down the same path and rules against the old precedent that was established back with Roe v. Wade and goes on to let states make the decisions concerning their abortion laws on their own.
As stated by a report from The New York Times, “Democrats moved swiftly to schedule action on the measure after the court refused this month to block a Texas law that prohibits most abortions after six weeks of gestation. It would guarantee the right to abortion through federal law, pre-empting hundreds of state laws governing the procedure around the country.”
“It became very evident that we needed to have something that would push back against all these state restrictions,” stated Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), who is currently listed as the top author of this new legislation. “We could see that change was possible at the Supreme Court, and we knew we had to make sure that Roe v. Wade was protected.”
It has been seen, though, that not all Democrats are on board with this new measure because of the fact that they think it seems to go too far in its prospective actions.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), one such Democrat holdout, states she supports abortion but that she could not back the bill in its current state because of its scope.
“‘I support codifying Roe,’ Collins said. ‘Unfortunately, the bill that the House has drafted goes way beyond that.’ She argued that it would “severely weaken” protections afforded to health care providers who refused to perform abortions on religious or moral grounds,” reported The Times.
Currently, Old Uncle Joe’s administration is backing the bill and has specifically put a target on Texas within its recent statements in regard to the legislation.
Texas has recently passed the Texas Heartbeat Act, which goes on to make most abortions illegal after there has been a fetal heartbeat detected, which normally takes place at six weeks.
The administration put forth a statement this past week stating it “strongly supports” the passing of the new bill.
It stated, “The Texas law significantly impairs women’s access to critical reproductive health care, particularly affecting communities of color, individuals with low incomes, and those who live in rural or underserved communities. The law also turns private citizens into bounty hunters who are empowered to bring lawsuits against anyone who they believe has helped another person get an abortion, including family members, faith leaders, those providing transportation, and health care providers.”
It continued, “In the wake of Texas’ unprecedented attack, it has never been more important to codify this constitutional right and to strengthen health care access for all women, regardless of where they live. The Administration looks forward to working with Congress as the Women’s Health Protection Act advances through the legislative process to ensure that this bill codifies and is consistent with the protections established by Roe and subsequent Supreme Court precedent.”