GOP-Led House Plans to Pass Anti-Abortion Bills This Week

“We discovered nothing from the midterms if that is how we’re going to function within the first week,” one GOP lawmaker mentioned.

Republicans within the Home of Representatives plan to vote on a minimum of two anti-abortion payments this week.

The payments are unlikely to go anyplace, because the Senate is managed by Democrats and President Joe Biden will doubtless veto any anti-abortion payments that attain his desk. As an alternative, the votes are an attempt to reveal to the GOP’s base that the occasion intends to proceed its anti-abortion campaign.

A “born alive” invoice that’s up for a vote this week would require abortion suppliers (in states the place the observe continues to be authorized) to offer life-saving care to infants born after an tried abortion.

Situations like this are virtually impossible; once they do happen, they’re typically the results of a late miscarriage or an abortion tried to avoid wasting the lifetime of a pregnant affected person. “Born alive” laws is shrouded in misinformation and will have dire penalties, well being consultants say — together with limiting the medical interventions that pregnant folks can obtain throughout life-threatening emergencies.

Such legal guidelines “might power physicians to carry out care on infants that might lengthen their lives for a short while however not save them, in some circumstances that means mother and father couldn’t maintain the toddler in the event that they select,” in keeping with a report from The nineteenth.

“It’s a completely fabricated political idea,” mentioned Jen Villavicencio, a Washington D.C.-based OB-GYN, referring to “born alive” proposals. “This concept will not be one thing that actually exists in medication the best way it’s described in these payments…. It’s definitely not science-based and positively not based mostly in look after households and pregnant people.”

One other invoice that’s up for consideration would codify Hyde Amendment bans on using federal funds for abortions. The invoice would bar the funding of well being advantages plans that cowl abortion providers, and will probably prolong to corporations that contract with the federal authorities. The laws would additionally bar well being care services owned or operated by the federal authorities from performing abortions, even in states the place abortion is authorized if achieved in a federally-managed entity.

Some Republicans have famous that passing anti-abortion payments might be a political danger, as the problem doubtless prevented the occasion from successful large within the midterms.

“We discovered nothing from the midterms if that is how we’re going to function within the first week,” Rep. Nancy Mace (South Carolina) instructed Politico, noting that “tens of millions of ladies throughout the board have been offended over overturning Roe v. Wade,” the landmark 1973 Supreme Court docket ruling that was overturned final summer season.

“If we’re going to get critical about saving lives, and possibly we should always embrace entry to contraception, that might make sense, proper?” Mace added. “What are we doing to guard girls who’re victims of rape or victims of incest? We’re doing nothing.”

Some abortion rights activists have questioned whether or not Mace’s concern is real, declaring her constantly anti-abortion document.

“Nancy Mace who voted for each abortion ban and restriction within the SC legislature and sponsored the personhood invoice in Congress — now she’s pretending to care about girls?” said Vicki Ringer, Director of Public Affairs for Deliberate Parenthood South Atlantic South Carolina.

Current polling suggests that almost all Individuals are against additional restrictions on abortion. In an Economist/YouGov poll published this week, 58 p.c of respondents mentioned that abortion ought to all the time be authorized, or that there ought to solely be “some” restrictions on the process. Solely 29 p.c mentioned it must be authorized in “particular circumstances,” whereas simply 13 p.c mentioned it must be banned solely.