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Power grab: Democrats introduce bill to override state pro-life laws

Congressional Democrats last week introduced a bill that would override state restrictions on third-trimester abortions. The Women’s Health Protection Act would allow abortion all the way up until birth and has been presented in every session of Congress since 2013 but has never been up for a vote, until now.

Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life, said the measure “would essentially remove all legal protections for unborn children on the federal and state level. The Women’s Health Protection Act is, in effect, a no-limits-on-abortion-until-birth bill.”

The override bill is the latest effort by Democrats to greatly expand abortion and is even opposed by many voters who would consider themselves pro-choice.

“While most Americans want reasonable pro-life protections for unborn children, pro-abortion Democrats are moving swiftly in the opposite direction,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony List. “This radical bill would destroy existing pro-life protections at the state level and prevent future pro-life limits from being enacted. This a direct attack on the will of the people as demonstrated by the groundswell of pro-life legislation we’ve seen this year.”

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Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for National Right to Life agrees.

 “This legislation would also prohibit states from adopting new protective laws in the future, including various types of laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court,” she said in a June 9 statement.

Tom McClusky, president of March for Life Action, told the Catholic News Agency the “misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act seeks to foist congressional Democrats’ radical abortion agenda on the American public.” He argued that Democrats “have decided to serve the abortion lobby’s interests over the American public, which opposes unlimited abortions paid for by taxpayers.”

The current measure has 48 Democrats as co-sponsors in the Senate; Democrats Sens. Joe Manchin and Bob Casey Jr. were the only Democrats not co-sponsoring it. In the House, there are 176 co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.

Meanwhile, lawmakers described the reintroduction of the bill as a response to the Supreme Court’s review of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case asking whether Mississippi’s ban on abortion after 15 weeks is constitutional.

“The enthusiastic rush of Congressional Democrats to sponsor this bill shows once again that the top legislative priority for Democrats is more and more abortions paid for with tax dollars,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. “The so-called Women’s Health Protection Act would essentially remove all legal protections for unborn children on the federal and state levels.

“The Women’s Health Protection Act is, in effect, a no-limits-on-abortion-until-birth bill. Pro-abortion Democrats have yet to hear of an abortion-expansion bill they didn’t like, and they are more than willing to push it onto the American people.”

–Dwight Widaman | Metro Voice

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