In the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision allowing a strict Texas abortion law to stand, Democrats – including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – have announced plans to do whatever they can to thwart its enforcement, and Zachary Faria of the Washington Examiner argues that those promises are evidence of just how extreme the left’s position on the issue has become.
Outraged over the high court’s 5-4 ruling permitting the aforementioned Texas statute prohibiting abortion after the point at which a fetal heartbeat can be detected, Pelosi vowed to hold a House vote on a bill that would federally codify the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, a move which, if successful, would effectively render futile state legislatures’ efforts to limit abortion.
Pelosi declared last week at a press conference, according to Fox News, “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.”
Purportedly designed 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,” the bill Pelosi vows to bring to a vote would work to end existing state limitations on abortion and prevent legislatures from implementing new restrictions in the future.
According to Faria, the bill is like one that failed to progress in Virginia back in 2019 when Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam infamously declared that under that legislation if a woman gave birth while still considering abortion, “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” a stance many likened to an endorsement of infanticide.
Faria argues that while Pelosi knows that the bill has little likelihood of passing, particularly in the Senate, the speaker is using a vote on the measure as a way to send a clear message that “unrestricted, unquestioned access to abortion is the position of the Democratic Party.”
Pelosi, Faria contends, is not alone in Democrat Party leadership in sending that signal to potential dissenters, reminding readers that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer took the reprehensible step of threatening two sitting Supreme Court justices – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – about potential consequences of taking a stance in favor of limitations on abortion in case last year.
“I want to tell you Gorsuch, I want to tell you Kavanaugh, you have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price,” Schumer railed at the time.
With recent polling revealing that a majority of Americans support restrictions on procedures that end life of the unborn, particularly after the first trimester of pregnancy, Pelosi’s apparent insistence on making abortion-on-demand a central tenet of the Democrat Party platform may well come back to haunt her.