The House of Representatives will vote tomorrow on a measure to uphold abortion rights. Although the bill has little chance of going through the Senate and becoming law, it reflects the consensus among Democrats and could resonate through next year’s midterm elections.
The announcement comes amid controversy surrounding a Texas law banning virtually all abortions.
“It has become very clear that we need to have something that will withstand all these state restrictions,” said Representative Judy Chu (D-Calif.), The lead author of the measure. tell The New York Times.
‘We could see that change was possible in the Supreme Court, and we knew we had to make sure that Roe v. Wade is protected, ‘she added, referring to the important decision of the Supreme Court that protects a pregnant woman’s right to reproductive health care without excessive state restriction.
The Texas Act that came into force after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 not to block its implementation, saying abortion providers had not imposed the burden necessary to uphold the law.
It bans virtually all abortions after a heartbeat has been detected, which is usually after six weeks of pregnancy, and allows citizens to file lawsuits against abortion providers suspected of violating the new policy.
The law, called a ‘fetal heartbeat bill’, will also allow citizens to file lawsuits against abortion providers suspected of violating the new policy.
Alan is a writer, editor and news junkie in New York.