Pro-abortion legislators are scrambling to find the fastest way to counter the Texas Heartbeat Act which went into effect on September 1, limiting abortion to the first six weeks of pregnancy, or before a heartbeat can be detected. Though abortion advocates filed an emergency request to the U.S. Supreme Court in an attempt to block the law, the Court let the law stand. Now, pro-abortion legislators are panicking over how fast they can get the abortionists in Texas back to killing babies — and ensure no other states pass similar laws.
“Of course, we’re worried. Of course, we’re worried,” said White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki when asked if the Biden administration is worried that the Texas Heartbeat Act will inspire other state legislatures to pass similar laws. “That is one of the reasons why the president thinks it is so urgent, why he has asked his team to work as quickly as possible to see what our options are.”
Women’s Health Protection Act
One avenue pro-abortion legislatures are considering is attempting to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act as soon as possible, beginning in a few weeks when they resume.
“The Court’s cowardly decision to uphold a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health is staggering,” tweeted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). “The House will bring up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America.”
This act would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law, making the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion an actual law instead of a decision of the Court. The law would ensure abortion is accessible for any reason at any time during pregnancy in every state, while also forcing pro-life doctors and medical professionals to commit and participate in abortions under the banner of “health care.” If the Act were to become law, the multiple “trigger laws” that exist in pro-life states aimed at outlawing abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned would become useless. The Act states:
A health care provider has a statutory right to provide abortion services, and may provide abortion services, and that provider’s patient has a corresponding right to receive such services, without a limitation or requirement that… impedes access to abortion services.
However, as Fox News reporter Chad Pergram noted, “Liberal, pro-choice Democrats don’t have the votes to pass such a bill because of pro-life Democrats on Capitol Hill. Moreover, they REALLY don’t have the votes to eliminate a filibuster.” There is a 60-vote threshold required to avoid a filibuster, and with 48 pro-abortion Democrats and two pro-abortion Republicans in favor of the bill, avoiding a filibuster would be unattainable.
Expanding the Court
Ever since former President Trump appointed three conservative judges to the Court, pro-abortion legislators have been pushing to pack the court with more than nine justices in order to slant the Court to the pro-abortion side. Now those efforts have been renewed. Though the Court ruled 5-4 to let the Texas Heartbeat Act stand, Pelosi called the Court partisan, signaling that any votes against what abortion advocates want are somehow partisan and unfair. The goal is to expand the Supreme Court from nine seats to 13, allowing President Biden to appoint four abortion-friendly justices — a “nearly unprecedented” move.
When the Court allowed the Texas Heartbeat Act to stand, it did not rule out future lawsuits against the law. This means that abortion advocates could file a lawsuit that could block the law at the state level and eventually make the winding path to the Supreme Court and a newly stacked Court could strike the law down. Likewise, such a Court could easily strike down pro-life laws that are enacted in other states.
Abortion by any means possible
The Biden administration and pro-abortion legislators are so concerned that preborn babies will no longer be dismembered in Texas that Biden himself — a self-described Catholic — is calling for an all-hands-on-deck approach to fighting the pro-life law.
“I am directing that [the Gender Policy Council] and the Office of the White House Counsel to launch a whole-of-government effort to respond to this decision, looking specifically to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice to see what steps the federal government can take to ensure that women in Texas have access to safe and legal abortions… and what legal tools we have to insulate women and providers from the impact of Texas’ bizarre scheme of outsourced enforcement to private parties,” said Biden.
On Friday, state District Judge Maya Guerra Gamble in Austin, Texas, took steps to prevent the law from fully taking effect when she sided with Planned Parenthood in its lawsuit against Texas Right to Life and others. While the temporary restraining order she handed down does not directly interfere with the law, it protects abortionists and abortion businesses from being sued by Texas Right to Life, its legislative director, and 100 unidentified individuals.
The pro-abortion legislators at both state and federal levels will not stop searching for ways to expand the killing of innocent human beings in the womb.
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