The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Women’s Health Act, a bill that would allow abortion on demand nationwide, superseding all state-level abortion restrictions.
The bill was brought to the floor by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., after the Supreme Court refused to block a Texas law that bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around six weeks’ gestation. The legislation passed largely along party lines, with all Republicans voting against the bill. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Tex., who represents a heavily Hispanic swing district that has trended more Republican in recent election cycles, was the lone Democrat to vote no.
According to Kristen Day, director of Democrats for Life of America, the bill “shows how beholden the Democratic Party is to the abortion lobby.” For example, pro-choice political action committees spent $1.4 million on Democratic candidates in the 2020 election cycle.
The United States is one of only seven countries, including North Korea and China, that allows abortion past 20 weeks, while in Europe, 47 out of 50 countries ban abortion past 15 weeks’ gestation. It’s also important to note that the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion in the United States only allowed abortions up until the point of fetal viability, so the proposed legislation by the House would allow abortion well beyond what the Supreme Court has interpreted the extent of the law to be.
The proposed legislation has been championed as necessary for “women’s health,” except a closer look at the language of the bill suggests this may not be the case. The terms “women” and “women’s” are used interchangeably in the legislation to identify those supposedly targeted by state-level abortion restrictions, including transgender men. Left-wing activists have recently begun erasing the term ‘women’ from their political vocabulary out of fear of offending biological men who identify as women. This includes the ACLU editing all references to “women” out of an abortion quote attributed to the late iconic liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This creates an unclear standard for what is or is not defined as women’s healthcare in the United States.
In addition, whether the House bill would pass constitutional muster is not clear. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on December 1 in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case, which challenges a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks unless the health of the mother is at risk, could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade and allow the issue to be handled and legislated at the state level.
This so-called Women’s Health Act is unlikely to pass the Senate, but that doesn’t minimize its atrociousness. The bill would eliminate conscience protections, forcing people to perform abortions against their will, and instructs courts to liberally interpret the meaning of the bill. In the companion case to Roe, Doe v. Bolton, health was defined as “physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age…All these factors may relate to health.” That standard would likely be applied to this bill, should it pass, in any future court decisions.
This is not to lessen the severity of mental health issues or to write them off. Yet if one health care provider decides that having a baby could cause a woman some type of mental health issue or harm her emotional health, the baby can be killed up until the moment of birth. Having a baby is stressful and life-changing, so it is not a stretch that a liberal doctor would be more than willing to say that anyone having a baby is risking damage to their mental or emotional health.
This is the type of legislation that could fracture the United States beyond repair. Simply because one state wanted to protect the lives of babies by placing restrictions on abortion, the House responds by seeking to eliminate every state’s right to have a say in abortion, effectively forcing the entire nation to allow for abortion up until birth and to fund the heinous practice with their tax dollars.
Let’s make something clear: Literally no one thinks that a baby about to be born is not a human being. The entire world knows what this bill calls for: legalized murder. Once upon a time Americans were told abortion was intended to be safe, legal, and rare. Now the Democrats in the House have sought to make abortion occur as frequently as possible. The Senate has a decision to make — allow for the shredding of states’ rights and the legalized murder of babies up to the point of birth or stand up to the radical left. If the Senate lacks the courage, then the court system must do its job. And if judges won’t stand up for the most vulnerable among us, America will become one of the most wicked nations on earth.