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Bill ends abortion limits, pro-life group warns

WASHINGTON – The Women’s Health Protection Act, introduced in the United States Senate and House on June 8, “would invalidate nearly all existing state restrictions on abortion,” said Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for the national right to life.

“This legislation would also prohibit states from passing new protective laws in the future, including various types of laws specifically affirmed as constitutionally authorized by the United States Supreme Court,” she said in a statement from the United States. June 9.

The measure was introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., And Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., And in the House by Representatives Judy Chu, D-Calif., Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass. Blumenthal first introduced the measure in 2013 and reintroduced it over the years.

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

“Tragically, the only ones to benefit from such a law would be abortionists and abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood,” she added. “This legislation puts women and their unborn children at risk, would increase taxpayer funding for abortion, and no longer require a woman to receive information about the development of her unborn child.”

The House and Senate bills would codify Roe v. Wade into law and would establish the legal right to abortion in all 50 states under federal law.

The bill would cancel the obligation to provide women wishing to have an abortion specific information about their unborn child and about alternatives to abortion; laws requiring a waiting period before a woman has an abortion; laws allowing health professionals to refuse to perform abortions; and laws stipulating that only licensed physicians can perform abortions.

According to National Right to Life, the measure would also end bans on elective abortions after 20 weeks and the use of abortion as a method of sex selection.

“Anti-sexual selection laws generally enjoy broad public support in the states in which they are enacted, including the support of a substantial majority of women,” said a press release from National Right to Life.

“The bill would also invalidate most of the federal limits already enacted on abortion, including federal conscience laws and most, if not all, of the limits on government funding for abortion,” he said. declared the organization.

The introductory paragraph of the companion bills states that the objective is “to protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or terminate a pregnancy, and to protect the ability of a caregiver to health to provide abortion services ”.

Ahead of the November 2020 election, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris pledged to support Congressional efforts to codify Roe in the event Roe is overturned by the United States Supreme Court. Biden also expressed support for the repeal of the long-standing Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal taxes from directly funding abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger. .

The President’s US bailout became law in March without the Hyde Amendment, and on May 28, the President released his federal budget proposal without the Hyde Amendment.

In separate statements the same day, Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas, and Mercy Sister Mary Haddad, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, acknowledged that the Biden budget proposal contained a number of provisions to help vulnerable Americans, but said she is negligent in omitting Hyde.