The House of Representatives passes abortion-rights legislation, overturning a Texas law.
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing Texas to restrict abortions, the House enacted legislation on Friday that would ensure nationwide access to abortion.
The Texas statute prohibiting abortions after six weeks of pregnancy is challenged by the Women’s Health Protection Act. It was initially released in the year 2013.
The bill narrowly cleared the House, 218-211, and now travels to the Senate, where it may stall. There was only one conservative Democrat who voted no.
The measure would safeguard a woman’s right to choose whether or not to continue a pregnancy. Republicans say that the bill restricts a state’s power to regulate or prohibit abortions.
After six weeks, the Texas abortion law allows private persons to sue anybody who performs or assists in an abortion, and each successful action is worth at least $10,000.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi claimed the bill is the most draconian anti-abortion legislation in half a century, refusing to provide exceptions for rape or incest.
Texas is being sued by the Department of Justice for enacting the bill “in flagrant contempt of the Constitution.”
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