House will vote Friday on bill preserving the right to abortion

The House is expected to pass the legislation, but it does not have the necessary votes to pass in the Senate, which requires Republicans to join Democrats and get at least 60 votes to break the filibuster.

On Friday, Pelosi framed the Supreme Court’s decision as bringing “shame to the United States Supreme Court.”

“Today’s vote has been a long time coming,” Democratic Rep. Judy Chu, the lead sponsor of the bill, said on Friday ahead of the vote, citing the long list of maneuvers that states made to restrict a woman’s right to an abortion. “It’s clear that we need one unified federal response to all of these attacks.”

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Pelosi on argued that with Democrats in control of the House, where the majority of members support abortion rights combined with President Joe Biden serving as a Democratic president, that the time has come to pass this legislation. Pelosi also called on her Senate colleagues to pass this bill, even though Democrats’ narrow hold on the majority makes passage a steep uphill battle.

“This is the first Congress that can make that claim,” Pelosi said of the pro-abortion rights nature of this Congress.

Despite being unable to pass any sort of legislation through Congress to counteract strict abortion laws across the country, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Thursday it will have its first hearing to examine the Texas six-week abortion ban.

Most House Republicans don’t support the legislation and are expected to vote against it.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, railed against House Democrats for even putting it to a vote on Friday during his weekly press conference.

“What the Democrats are bringing before us, it’s really a radical bill. It goes beyond Roe V. Wade. It allows abortion on demand up until birth. It shows how far left Democrats have become,” McCarthy said. “Regardless of how you feel about the situation, that is not the place I believe Americans are at. But they are going to spend their time pushing that onto the floor.”

The bill does not allow abortion on demand up until birth, but does allow abortion after fetal viability if the patient’s health is at risk. According to the legislative text, the bill bans “prohibition on abortion after fetal viability when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health.”

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