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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday that would protect abortion providers from increasing restrictions by states.
However, the Republican party backed it. The Texas law has imposed an almost complete banning of abortion, but the legislation is not likely to get through the Senate.
The Democratic-controlled House voted 218-211 mainly along party lines to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. One Democrat representative, Rep.
Henry Cuellar of Texas opposed the bill. The bill will protect abortion options and preempt numerous restrictions Republicans have enacted at the State level, like the ones requiring ultrasounds and other diagnostic tests.
The Senate will be voting on the bill “very shortly,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement.
It’s unlikely to succeed in the primarily divided Senate in the Senate, where Democrats will require 10 Republicans to back it.
Republican senator Susan Collins, a moderate who is pro-abortion and has stated she is against the bill. She noted that the House bill would reduce the exceptions given to health professionals who do not carry out abortions on religious or moral motives.
However, the House vote is an occasion for Democrats to show their support for abortion rights before the elections for the 2022 Congress that will determine the political party that will control Congress during the second half of the President’s term.
“It is time to trust women, to respect their decisions,” Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro said during the House debate.
They have enacted the legislation following a Texas law prohibiting abortions after the first six weeks of pregnancy. Generally, it is before most women know they are expecting.
The abortion providers expect other states with Republican leadership to adopt similar laws if courts permit the Texas law to stay in effect.
The U.S. Supreme Court has a solid conservative inclination and is considering the possibility of a strict Mississippi law that could increase.
Democrats fear that the court might decide to overturn Roe v. Wade, the groundbreaking 1973 decision that allowed abortion in the United States.
The majority of Republican lawmakers oppose abortions, and party members have demanded the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade for a long time.
“Our nation should be investing in women’s health care and the health care of unborn babies,” Republican Representative Gus Bilirakis said during floor discussion. “This bill does the opposite.”
On Thursday, providers of abortion in Texas sought the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their opposition to the state law that permits individuals to sue those who assist during an abortion following the cutoff of six weeks.
With a conservative majority of 6-3 and a conservative majority, the Supreme Court did not block the law earlier in the month.
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