House of Representatives votes to restore abortion rights and outlaw punishment

She called Republicans’ refusal to support the bills “extreme” and “untouched.”

By overthrowing Roe, the court has allowed states to enact strict abortion restrictions, including many previously considered unconstitutional. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in about half of the states.


A number of GOP-controlled states have already moved quickly to limit or ban abortion, while Democrat-controlled states have attempted to lobby for access. Voters now rank abortion as one of the country’s most pressing issues, a shift in priorities Democrats hope will tilt the political landscape in their favor for the midterm elections.

This is the second time the House of Representatives has passed legislation that would expand the protections Roe previously provided by banning what proponents call medically unnecessary restrictions that block access to safe and accessible abortions. It would prevent abortion bans earlier than 24 weeks when it is widely believed that fetal viability, the ability of a human fetus to survive outside the womb, begins. It allows exceptions for fetal viability abortions when a provider determines that the mother’s life or health is at risk.

The Democrats’ proposal would also prevent states from requiring providers to share “medically inaccurate” information, or requiring additional testing or waiting times, which are often aimed at dissuading a patient from having an abortion.

The law, which would prohibit penalties for traveling abroad, would stipulate that doctors cannot be penalized for providing reproductive care outside of their home state. Texas Democrat Lizzie Fletcher, one of the authors of the bill, said the travel threats “do not reflect the fundamental rights afforded in our Constitution.”

AP House of Representatives votes to restore abortion rights and outlaw punishment

Joel McCord

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