Republicans vowed they would revisit a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks. The measure was pulled from consideration Wednesday after concerns were raised by women and moderates within the Republican caucus.
GOP leaders vow to bring back 20-week abortion bill: “This is a fight that’s not over,” said Majority Whip Ste… http://t.co/EPAGRiUE4F
— Jerome Adams (@jamesnews242) January 22, 2015
“We’re going to bring this bill back. This is a fight that’s not over. We’re going to continue working to get this bill passed,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told The Hill Thursday. The House did pass a bill Thursday that would ban all taxpayer funding for abortion.
It is not clear when the House will take up the 20-week abortion ban bill, called the Pain Capable Unborn Protection Act, again. President Obama signaled last week that he would veto the bill if it came to his desk. Republican women including Reps. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., and Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., wanted some changes to be made to some of the bill’s rape language, The Hill noted.
The two Congresswomen were also worried the legislation could compromise the GOP’s outreach to women and younger voters. But as The Washington Post points out, a Washington Post/ABC News poll conducted in July 2013 showed that 56 percent of Americans favored banning abortion after 20 weeks.
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Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., the bill’s sponsor, rejected Ellmers’ and Walorski’s assertions about appealing to youth in an interview with The Arizona Republic before the bill was pulled. “There is always discussion on timing,” said Franks. “The truth is young people are more pro-life than the older folks.”
Moderate Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., told National Journal Wednesday he does not want to tackle abortion or any social issues. “I prefer that we avoid these very contentious social issues,” he said.
Week one, we had a speaker election that did not go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we got into a big fight over deporting children, something that a lot of us didn’t want to have a discussion about. Week three, we are now talking about rape and incest and reportable rapes and incest for minors. … I just can’t wait for week four.
Many expressed their dismay with the House’s decision to pull the bill Thursday:
Incredibly disappointed in the GOP Congress who last night pulled down a bill which would ban abortions after 20… http://t.co/CCDbnUmCbI
— Matt Krause (@RepMattKrause) January 22, 2015
“I’m honestly stunned” said one Republican lawmaker after GOP leadership pulled 20-week abortion ban vote. http://t.co/Dpi5hb208D
— National Review (@NRO) January 22, 2015
This all comes as hundreds of thousands descended onto the National Mall in Washington, D.C., for the 2015 Right to Life March, where many prayed and protested for abortion to end. The march was held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court case that legalized abortion.
h/t: The Daily Signal
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