Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a ban on abortion.
Republican Trent "Incidence of Rape Resulting in Pregnancy Are Very Low" Franks (AZ) authored The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
This bill (HR1797) "bans abortions after 20 weeks, based on the medically disputed theory that fetuses can feel pain at that point. It contains exceptions for women whose lives are in danger as well as some rape and incest victims who can prove that they reported their assaults to criminal authorities, but it contains no exceptions for severe fetal anomalies or situations in which the woman's health is threatened by her pregnancy."
The vote was 228 for the abortion ban to 196 against it. The bill had 181 Republican co-sponsors, including Maryland's Rep. Andy Harris.
222 Republicans voted for this bill. 6 voted against.
6 Democrats voted for this bill. 190 voted against.
Does it matter that this bill is unconstitutional? No. Similar bans, lead by Republicans, have or will soon become law in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Texas.
And unless these laws are legally challenged, they go into effect. And right now, no one is comfortable challenging them given the likelihood of a Supreme Court anxious to overturn Roe V. Wade if provided with the opportunity.
Fortunately, the House Bill won't make it to law - THIS TIME. A Democratic controlled Senate and a Democratic President who has already promised to veto the bill should be enough to enure that this Republican abortion ban won't make it to law. Again - THIS TIME.
If you don't want there to be a next time, then all you have to do is just not vote for a Republican ever again. It really seems so simple.