Amid growing panic on the left about the future of Roe v. Wade House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has dramatically pledged to allow a vote on a bill that would federally codify the holding in that decision as the Washington Examiner reports.
Shocked and infuriated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision this week to leave undisturbed a Texas statute –one that prohibits abortions after the point in time at which a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat – Pelosi promised to take drastic action to statutorily formalize the holding in Roe, a move that would render state attempts to strictly limit abortion access largely futile.
As Fox News reported, Pelosi declared at a news conference, “When we go back to Washington, we will be putting Roe v. Wade codification on the floor of the House, to make sure that women everywhere have access to the reproductive health that they need.”
Pelosi has referred to the Texas statute, which the Supreme Court allowed to take effect, as “the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century,” adding that “it’s purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade.” According to the speaker, the existence of the Texas law “necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade.”
The outlet further indicated that the measure on which the House will vote is known as H.B. 3755, and it is purportedly designed, according to Democrats, to “protect a person’s ability to determine whether to continue or end a pregnancy, and to protect a health care provider’s ability to provide abortion services.”
In essence, the proposal would end existing state limitations on abortion and stop state legislatures from implementing additional restrictions on the procedure.
Pro-life advocate Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony list praised the Texas abortion restrictions — and the high court’s decision to let them stand — by stating that the legislature of that state, “acting on the will of the people, debated and passed this law with the very simple goal of protecting unborn children with beating hearts from death in the womb.”
Dannenfelser went on to slam the measure Pelosi is putting forth and the sentiment behind it, saying, “Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi want to permanently stifle American debate on abortion and instead impose a regime of abortion on demand, up until the moment of birth, paid for by the taxpayer.”
As the Examiner noted, the bill Pelosi will bring to a vote stands a good chance of securing passage in the lower chamber due to the Democrats’ narrow majority, but – to the relief of countless conservatives – has a much higher hurdle to clear in the Senate, where at least 10 Republican defections would be necessary in order to defeat an inevitable filibuster.