House Republicans Pass Two Abortion-Restriction Bills With New Majority
House Republicans took advantage of their new majority on Wednesday by passing two proposals aimed at implementing new restrictions on abortion.
Though the Republicans gained a slim majority in November’s midterm elections, anything they pass regarding abortion limitations will likely be rejected by the Senate, which the Democrats retained control of.
One of the biggest reasons Democrats were able to do that in a year the Republicans were projected to win big was due to nationwide outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision to reverse the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling which protected the federal right to abortion.
The first measure House Republicans proposed would, if passed, ensure that federal funding cannot be used for abortions. The second would regulate how medical providers would treat a baby that makes it through an attempted abortion.
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Some Republicans believe these proposals are a good start to the next two years.
“I am proud that Republicans are following through on the promises that we made to the American people,” House Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) said. “All life is sacred and must be protected.”
Other Republicans, such as Rep. Nancy Mace (South Carolina), think the party is focusing on the wrong issue entirely.
“It’s tone-deaf at this point,” Mace told reporters on Tuesday. “It’s never going to pass the Senate. It’s never going to get to the president’s desk to be signed into law. We’re only paying lip service to the pro-life movement. If you want to make a difference and reduce the number of abortions with a Democrat-controlled Senate, the No. 1 issue we should be working on is access to birth control.”
“We have been tone-deaf on this issue since the time that Roe was overturned,” she continued. “We buried our heads in the sand. We didn’t have any policy alternatives. We were not compassionate to both sides of the aisle on this argument.”
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