Amid widespread panic on the left over the future of Roe v. Wade, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her radical colleagues are bringing a so-called reproductive rights measure to the floor of the lower chamber later this month in an attempt to federally codify the ability of women to terminate pregnancies, as Breitbart reports.
The legislation on which the House will vote toward the end of September is known as the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, and it is designed to federally guarantee a woman’s right to seek and receive an abortion and to permit health care providers to render such services without any restrictions, essentially ending any limitations on abortion imposed by state legislatures.
The push by Pelosi and her colleagues to take this type of action came in the aftermath of a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court which allowed a Texas statute prohibiting most abortions after roughly six weeks’ gestation to take effect.
In the wake of that ruling, Pelosi declared the Texas law to be “the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century,” adding that its purpose was to “destroy Roe v. Wade,” and therefore, in her estimation, codification of abortion rights needed to be viewed as a necessity.
Rep. Elizabeth Pannill Fletcher (D-TX), co-sponsor of the bill initially introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), lamented, “Texas has been kind of the poster child for some really dangerous legislation this year,” adding, “I think that a lot remains to be seen” in terms of what sort of federal response initiated by Democrats may be able to succeed.
Siding with her far-left colleagues on the notion that there is a constitutional right to abortion, Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) has signed on as a co-sponsor to Chu’s bill and has also endorsed the calls from progressives to pack the Supreme Court in order to halt the Texas law and safeguard Roe v. Wade.”
“Expand the court. Abolish the filibuster,” Escobar tweeted earlier this month, perhaps in a nod to the uphill battle the abortion rights legislation faces once it reaches the Senate, and the increasing danger that the conservative-majority high court may take action to reverse Roe and leave matters of abortion rights and restrictions to the state legislatures.
Liberals’ fears in this regard may indeed be well-placed, as the Supreme Court is set to hear arguments next month in a potentially pivotal Mississippi abortion case that could ultimately upend the string of precedents stemming from Roe that has facilitated the termination of millions of pregnancies in the last several decades.
As federal Judge Amul Thapar recently wrote in a dissent issued in a Sixth Circuit abortion case, now may be the perfect time for the justices to “tow our jurisprudence back to the safe harbor of democratic legitimacy” and give this issue back to state lawmakers who can “listen to the community, create fact-specific rules with appropriate exceptions, gather more evidence, and update their laws if things don’t work properly.”