Today's vote has been a long time coming. It's clear that we need one unified federal response to all of these attacks. — Democratic Rep. Judy Chu
Today's vote has been a long time coming. It's clear that we need one unified federal response to all of these attacks. — Democratic Rep. Judy Chu

House passes bill preserving the right to abortion
The House passed the measure on nearly a party-line vote, with Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas voting with Republicans against the measure. The vote was 218-211.

The bill now goes to the Senate where it is not expected to have the necessary votes to pass, because legislation in the chamber requires Republicans to join Democrats and get at least 60 votes to break the filibuster.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had announced the House would take up the legislation, which has 214 Democratic sponsors, following a controversial Texas law that bans abortions at six weeks went into effect because the Supreme Court formally denied a request from Texas abortion providers to freeze the state law.

On Friday ahead of the vote, Pelosi framed the Supreme Court's decision as bringing "shame to the United States Supreme Court."

The Texas law also allows private citizens to bring civil suits against anyone who assists a pregnant person seeking an abortion in violation of the ban.

"Today's vote has been a long time coming," Democratic Rep. Judy Chu, the lead sponsor of the bill, said on Friday ahead of the vote, citing the long list of maneuvers that states made to restrict a woman's right to an abortion. "It's clear that we need one unified federal response to all of these attacks."

... The bill does not allow abortion on demand up until birth, but does allow abortion after fetal viability if the patient's health is at risk. According to the legislative text, the bill bans "prohibition on abortion after fetal viability when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient's life or health."
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This is about freedom. About freedom of women to have choice about the size and timing of their families, not the business of people on the [Supreme] Court or members of Congress. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
This is about freedom. About freedom of women to have choice about the size and timing of their families, not the business of people on the [Supreme] Court or members of Congress. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

One in four women across America have had an abortion. I am one of them. Terminating my pregnancy, Madam Speaker, was not an easy choice for me. But it was my choice. It is time to preserve that for all people. — Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus
One in four women across America have had an abortion. I am one of them. Terminating my pregnancy, Madam Speaker, was not an easy choice for me. But it was my choice. It is time to preserve that for all people. — Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus

House passes bill to protect abortion rights in response to restrictive Texas law
  • House Democrats approved a bill to protect abortion rights, a symbolic response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to block a Texas law banning most abortions.
  • The House vote is seen as a show of solidarity, given that the bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, will face steep opposition from Senate Republicans.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi worked quickly to schedule action on the bill in response to the Texas law, which effectively prohibits abortions after six weeks.
House Democrats on Friday approved wide-ranging legislation to protect abortion rights, a swift but mostly symbolic response to the Supreme Court’s refusal to block a Texas law banning most abortions.

The bill, which passed 218-211, is principally a show of solidarity, given that the bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, will face steep opposition from Senate Republicans and is not expected to advance through the chamber.

Democrats believe the bill would guarantee the right to abortion through federal law and cement the decision of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that established a constitutional right to the procedure.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., worked quickly to schedule action on the bill after the high court earlier this month refused to block a controversial Texas law that prohibits abortions after roughly six weeks, before most even realize they are pregnant.

Specifically, the Texas law says doctors may not perform abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, activity that usually begins at around six weeks of gestation. That law went into effect on Sept. 1.

The Texas law does not make exceptions for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, and it is unprecedented in deputizing private citizens to sue anyone who performs the procedure or “aids and abets” it.

Pelosi offered comments prior to the bill’s passage Friday morning and offered a pointed rebuke to the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision earlier this month. The justices who voted not to block the law focused on procedural questions and stressed that they have yet to judge the constitutionality of the law.

“This is about freedom. About freedom of women to have choice about the size and timing of their families, not the business of people on the [Supreme] Court or members of Congress,” the House speaker said.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and chairwoman of the Progressive Caucus, said from the House floor that she has had an abortion and urged fellow lawmakers not to criminalize the procedure.

“One in four women across America have had an abortion. I am one of them,” she said prior to the bill’s passage. “Terminating my pregnancy, Madam Speaker, was not an easy choice for me. But it was my choice. It is time to preserve that for all people.”


The act would establish a statutory right for health-care providers to provide, and patients to receive, abortion care without certain limitations or requirements.
Read the full article: https://www.cnbc.com/2021/09/24/house-passes-abortion-rights-bill-in-response-to-restrictive-texas-law.html