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U.S. Senate Democrats launch push for “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress”

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WASHINGTON – Four months before the mid-term congressional election, Senate Democrats are attempting to gain national attention for what they describe as the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress. This view is shared by Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of state right-to-life organizations.

Tobias was one of two non-congressional witnesses who testified against the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act” (S. 1696) at a hearing before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee this morning.

“This bill is really about just one thing: it seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development,” Tobias told the committee. “Calling the bill the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.”
Since its introduction last November, the bill has been heavily promoted by pro-abortion activist groups, although it has been largely ignored by the mainstream news media. The measure has 35 Senate cosponsors, all Democrats, including nine of the 10 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee. The bill’s chief sponsor, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), presided over today’s hearing.

The bill would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion and prohibit states from adopting new limitations in the future. This would include various types of laws that have been upheld as constitutionally permissible by the U.S. Supreme Court. The bill would also invalidate a number of other laws, including those requiring healthcare professionals to provide women seeking abortions with specific information about their unborn child and about alternative procedures, laws requiring a waiting period before an abortion can be performed, laws allowing medical professionals to opt out of providing abortions, laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians, bans on elective abortions after 20 weeks, meaningful limits on abortion after viability, and bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection. These laws are generally supported by the public in the states in which they are enacted, including a substantial proportion of women.

The bill would also render null and void the majority of federal limitations on abortion that have been enacted previously, including federal conscience protection laws and the majority, if not all, limitations on government funding of abortion.

Tobias further stated that many voters would be dismayed to learn that nearly two-thirds of Senate Democrats have co-sponsored a bill that would impose a radical ideological doctrine on the nation, namely that elective abortion must not be limited in any meaningful way, at any stage of pregnancy.

However, in her testimony, Tobias also issued a surprising challenge, calling on the leadership of the Democrat-controlled committee and the Democrat leadership of the full Senate to allow a floor vote on the bill. At the same time, she requested that a vote be held on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 1670), sponsored by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). She stated, “In the spirit of ‘pro-choice,’ why not give the Senate a choice as well?” to Blumenthal.

Tobias urged the leadership of the majority party to permit the American people to ascertain the positions of each senator on the two major abortion-related bills. “It is imperative that the American people be able to discern which bill aligns with the values espoused by each member of the United States Senate.”

The Graham bill, which has 41 Senate cosponsors, is a replication of legislation that has already been passed by the House of Representatives (H.R. 1797). The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would generally protect unborn children in the sixth month and later (20 weeks), at which point they are capable of experiencing significant pain during abortions.

Video of today’s hearing is available on C-SPAN’s website here.

The full text of Carol Tobias’ opening statement and challenge can be found here.

Written testimony, which includes a detailed discussion of the radical scope of the “Women’s Health Protection Act” with numerous citations, is posted here.

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Daniel Miller is responsible for nearly all of National Right to Life News' political writing.

With the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency, Daniel Miller developed a deep obsession with U.S. politics that has never let go of the political scientist. Whether it's the election of Joe Biden, the midterm elections in Congress, the abortion rights debate in the Supreme Court or the mudslinging in the primaries - Daniel Miller is happy to stay up late for you.

Daniel was born and raised in New York. After living in China, working for a news agency and another stint at a major news network, he now lives in Arizona with his two daughters.

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