Washington D.C., Sep 24, 2021 / 10:15 am
The House on Friday passed legislation overriding state pro-life laws and removing limits on abortion up to the point of birth in some cases.
The chamber passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (H.R. 3755), introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), by a vote of 218 to 211 largely along party lines. The bill recognizes a “statutory right” to abortion, blocking state abortion regulations and removing restrictions on pre-viability abortions.
It also blocks limits on late-term abortions in cases where the “life or health” of the mother is determined to be at risk – which allows abortions until birth without “meaningful” limits, the U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has warned.
Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, the USCCB’s pro-life chair, has warned that the bill also mandate public funding of abortion, and could require health care workers to perform or assist in abortions against their consciences.