U.S. House Democrats advocate for abortion rights to be protected after Texas law comes into effect
United States House Democrats on Monday attempted to try to pass legislation that would bolster abortion rights in the country, as Texas and other states take action to undermine established legal right in the landmark Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision.
“Texas’ radical and extreme bill bans abortion before most women realize they are even pregnant,” Representative Norma Torres, a Democrat from California, told colleagues at the start of a campaign on Monday. House Rules Committee hearing. “It makes no exceptions for rape or incest and allows for self-defense justice.”
Texas law, which came into effect this month after the Supreme Court refused to try to stop her while court challenges unfold, prohibits abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. For many women, this can happen as early as six weeks pregnant and before they know they are pregnant.
This has sparked a storm among abortion rights advocates who argue that the law, which creates a $ 10,000 civil action against anyone who assists with an illegal abortion, is too restrictive and is too restrictive by advocates. abortion seeking to reflect the extent in other conservative states.
The US Department of Justice has launched an emergency court challenge to the Texas law, seeking to immediately block its application, with the backing of the Biden administration, arguing the law circumvents long-standing law by delegating citizens private to enforce the new law. restrictions, rather than the government.
“I think you all know this administration’s stance on a woman’s right to choose, as evidenced by the Justice Department’s announcement of its intention to sue and challenge Texas law. given our commitment to protect, “White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday.
During the House panel hearing on Monday, Democrats and Republicans questioned whether it was Congress’ role to re-emphasize the right to abortion through a new legislation.
“This is part of the larger assault on women’s health and rights, as individuals 43 states have started to undermine reproductive health care,” Torres said. “Enough is enough.”
But Republicans saw the effort by Texas and the states following its lead as a way to ban abortion without violating established Supreme Court rulings.
United States Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers, a Republican from Washington, argued Democrats’ efforts to codify abortion rights protections went too far.
“The demand-to-birth abortion law overturns pro-life laws and prohibits states from passing legislation protecting unborn children,” she said.
Rogers’ son, Cole, is 14 years old and has Down syndrome.
“In this debate on abortion, Down’s syndrome has been at the forefront,” she argued.
Democrats have very slim margins in the US House and Senate, so abortion rights law is unlikely to reach President Joe Biden’s office. With Senate filibustering at stake, he would need bipartisan support, which is unlikely to be achieved.