The House voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
The House approved legislation Tuesday that would ban abortions starting at 20 weeks of pregnancy, the most sweeping abortion restriction to pass any chamber of Congress in a decade. The vote was 228 to 196.
It’s going nowhere. The Senate won’t pass it and the president would veto it if they did. Meanwhile, there’s no jobs bill in sight, the budget — the big shiny object a couple of weeks ago — is languishing, and other than repeal Obamacare for the 37th time, that’s all the House has done. We might as well bring in the TV and watch Spongebob Squarepants.
The point of this whole exercise in jerking off is to appeal to the hard-core base of the party and gear up for the elections coming up, both in 2014 and the special ones in Massachusetts and New Jersey. When they get in that mode — the power grab — they forget about all the other arguments they’ve been making for overturning Roe v. Wade such as “leave it up to the states,” for example; here’s a federal law that will bigfoot all of that.
And if they really think they’re going to recapture the women voters, nothing says electoral appeal like a bunch of privileged patriarchs declaring all your uteri belong to us.