In its first legislative response to the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Democratic leaders voted to pass a resolution to restore abortion rights across the country. Due to the 50-50 split in the Senate, the bill has a slight chance of becoming law. Yet, with the court’s decision, lawmakers, governors, and legislatures grapple with its impact as they prepare to vote. There were 219 votes for and 210 votes against the legislation.
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House members also passed a second bill, 223-205, prohibiting punishing women or children who travel for abortions in another state. Earlier this month, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, an essential pillar of the constitutional rights.” said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. An extremist court now has the right to limit women’s rights fifty years after the first fight for the most basic rights of Americans.
Republican representatives strongly opposed both bills, praising the Supreme Court’s decision and saying they would further legalize abortion than Roe ever did. “Abortion is the greatest human rights issue for the generation,” Washington GOP Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers urged her colleagues to vote no.
Outcomes of Ruling
She said neither the Democratic legislation nor its provisions protect women’s health. Instead, a radical agenda is being imposed on the American people. Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe, states have gained the authority to enact strict abortion limits, including some previously deemed unconstitutional. Around half of the U.S. states are likely to ban abortions due to the ruling.
The House passed the bill for a second time, expanding Roe’s protections by banning restrictive measures that supporters say prevent women from accessing safe and affordable abortions. Preventing abortion bans earlier than 24 weeks, when fetal viability, or a human fetus’ ability to survive outside of the womb, is generally believed to begin, would prevent bans earlier than 24 weeks.
Only two GOP senators have supported abortion rights but do not endorse the Democrats’ proposal because they claim it is too broad and far-reaching. Instead, the group introduced alternative legislation that, among other provisions, prohibits states from enforcing abortion laws without first determining the viability of the fetus.