The GOP-led House of Representatives is set to vote next week on legislation outlawing abortions later than 20 weeks into pregnancy after Republicans passed it out of committee Wednesday by a vote of 20-12.
The Judiciary Committee marked up the bill by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), an ardent foe of abortion rights, and approved it. The current threshold provided by the Supreme Court for a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy is 24 weeks.
There are no exceptions in the bill for victims of rape — after all, according to Mr. Franks, pregnancy from rape is “rare” — or incest or if the fetus shows signs of birth defects and would not survive should it be brought to term. The full force of the United States will be brought to bear to make sure that every pregnancy is complete. And once again men get to decide what women do with their bodies and their lives. (But finding out who bought an AR-15 at the swap meet? Augh! Government intrusion!)
The bill will probably sail through the same House that has voted 37 times to repeal Obama care and then die in the Senate — long before 20 weeks has come to pass.
Meanwhile, any movement on jobs, repairing the infrastructure of the nation, or other serious work rots away like a three-week-old banana on top of the refrigerator.