Congressional Democrats reintroduced legislation this week that aims to protect access to abortion nationwide, overruling any state regulations that purport to defend the life of the unborn. The bill has been introduced in every Congress since 2013 but has never come up for a vote until now.
The bill—named the Women’s Health Protection Act, was introduced Thursday by U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) of Wisconsin and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Fox News reported.
If passed, it would overturn any legislation intended to prevent or discourage women from getting abortions if they want them, even if Roe v. Wade, which today guarantees abortion rights in the United States, is overturned.
Specifically, it would prohibit state and federal lawmakers from imposing limits on abortion care, including mandatory pre-abortion ultrasounds, waiting periods, admitting privileges requirements, and limits on medication abortion.
The bill was first introduced in 2013 and has been reintroduced in every session of Congress since then. However, it has never managed to receive a vote in either chamber.
Baldwin used the typical discourse of the pro-abortion sectors, claiming that, with the measures being taken by conservative states in defense of the life of unborn children, “millions of women are at risk of losing the freedom to make their own personal health decisions.”
Pro-life sectors, on the contrary, are seeking to warn about the danger of this legislation. Especially now that, unlike other years, the Democrats have a majority in both chambers. President Biden and Vice-President Harris’s expressed will is in favor of abortion, considerably increasing the chances that the bill will be approved and the abortion industry will become firmly established in the United States.
Susan B. Anthony List pro-life association president Marjorie Dannenfelser called the bill “egregious.”
“While most Americans want reasonable pro-life protections for unborn children, pro-abortion Democrats are moving swiftly in the opposite direction,” she said, according to Catholic News Agency.
Dannenfelser argued that the controversial bill would destroy existing pro-life protections at the state level and prevent pro-life limits from being enacted in the future.
Tom McClusky, president of the March for Life Action, assured the news agency that the bill is part of the Democrats’ “radical abortion agenda.”
“Among other extreme policies, the bill would eliminate nearly all state laws that regulate abortion and force objecting hospitals and medical professionals to perform or participate in the life-ending procedure,” McClusky said. “It would also do away with popular pro-life riders like the Hyde amendment which protect Americans from paying for abortions with their tax dollars.”
The renewed effort comes in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month to uphold Mississippi’s ban on most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, adding to a considerable uptick in anti-abortion legislation enacted in several states.