Pelosi says Home will vote on invoice after Supreme Court docket ruling
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The Democratic-held chamber plans to take up the Ladies’s Well being Safety Act after lawmakers come again to Washington on Sept. 20. The laws, led within the Home by Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California, would set up the authorized proper to abortion nationwide and stop states from placing medically pointless restrictions on the procedures.
“Each lady, all over the place has the constitutional proper to fundamental well being care,” Pelosi mentioned in a press release Thursday.
The Texas legislation “is probably the most excessive, harmful abortion ban in half a century, and its objective is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for circumstances of rape and incest. This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade,” she continued.
Regardless of her slim majority within the Home, Pelosi could have sufficient votes to cross the invoice. Nonetheless, it faces steep odds of passage within the Senate.
The Democratic caucus holds solely 50 seats within the Senate, the place the measure would wish 60 votes to cross. Solely two Republican senators — Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine — help abortion rights.
The Supreme Court docket refused to dam the Texas restrictions in a 5-4 determination late Wednesday. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the court docket’s three Democratic-appointed justices in dissenting.
The legislation bans most abortions as early as six weeks into being pregnant, when many ladies could not know they’re pregnant. Personal residents are additionally allowed to file civil lawsuits towards abortion suppliers, probably bogging them down in pricey litigation.
Individuals affected by the Texas legislation may nonetheless file a authorized problem to the measure. It may take months or years for a case to achieve the Supreme Court docket.
President Joe Biden on Thursday referred to as the court docket’s determination “an unprecedented assault on a girl’s constitutional rights beneath Roe v. Wade, which has been the legislation of the land for nearly fifty years.” Nonetheless, he has restricted energy to fight state legal guidelines until Congress passes laws.
In his assertion Thursday, Biden mentioned he would direct the chief department to establish methods to guard abortion rights in Texas.
A further case earlier than the Supreme Court docket poses a risk to Roe v. Wade. The court docket is about to listen to arguments this yr a few Mississippi legislation that, if it takes impact, would ban most abortions after 15 weeks.
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