House Democrats on Friday, Sept. 24, approved a bill, which, if passed in the Senate, would force all states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions without limits and up to the date of birth.
House representatives voted 218-211 approving the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation that would “protect a person’s will to determine whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy, and protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services,” News Week reported.
The legislation was voted for by all but one Democrat, Henry Cuellar of Texas, who joined the ranks of Republicans who unanimously attempted to veto the bill.
According to the promoters of the controversial legislation, it is designed to codify the landmark Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which established the legality of abortion in the United States.
Conservatives, supported by the Republican Party, charge that the Women’s Health Protection Act goes even further than Roe v. Wade and aims to eliminate all restrictions on abortion in the country, preventing states from enacting even modest protections for unborn babies.
Limits on late-term abortions and bans on sex-selection abortions would disappear altogether.
The legislation would also eliminate laws that protect women and girls, including parental consent for minor girls and informed consent regulations that ensure mothers receive basic information about their baby’s development and the procedures they will be exposed to before undergoing an abortion.
The Democrats’ initiative comes after the state of Texas proclaimed landmark legislation known as the Heartbeat Law, which prohibits any abortion practice after a heartbeat is detected in the unborn child.
The abortion issue has generated a deep political rift in the United States between its detractors, generally linked to the most conservative and Republican sectors, and the defenders of abortion, associated with the Democrats and sectors of the radical left.
Despite professing her belief in God and declaring herself a Christian, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, defended the Democratic bill on Thursday, arguing that God gives people “free will to fulfill our responsibilities.”
On the other hand, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone called the bill a “true evil.” He said about pro-abortion politicians that it is “shameful that any self-professed Catholic would be implicated in such an evil, let alone advocate for it.”
Former President Donald Trump, meanwhile, said during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) on Friday that Roman Catholics are “very angry” at President Joe Biden for the administration’s stated support of a pro-abortion bill.
“If you look at his policies, and if you look at what he’s doing to religion, and organized religion, if you look at what’s going on, I don’t know how the Catholic Church can be supportive of him,” Trump said.
While the bill has generated extreme concern among pro-life sectors, its promoters are unlikely to succeed in passing it, given that it is expected to meet resistance in the U.S. Senate, which is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans.