The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Friday, September 24, on legislation that would give all health care providers the “right under this Act to provide abortion services,” without the limitations or requirements now enacted by many cities, states and counties.
The bill, HR 3755 would give any woman in the country the right to abort her child and would overturn any state abortion restrictions, such as mandatory waiting periods, counseling or ultrasounds.
Pro-abortion politicians and activists were livid when Texas’ Heartbeat Bill (SB8), which bans abortion in the state after a heartbeat can be detected in the womb, was passed and signed into law. When a federal appeals court denied a request from Planned Parenthood and other abortionists to block the law, and the Supreme Court denied abortionists’ emergency plea to block the law, pro-abortionists grew even more outraged.
The pro-life group Texas Right to Life, in Houston, received a bomb threat and an onslaught of disturbing messages and threats. A slew of outspoken film and music celebrities, including folks like Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria Baston, Pink, Alyssa Milano, Lizzo, Bella Hadid and Finneas condemned the state for passing the measure. (Yeah, I don’t recognize most of those “celebrities,” either.)
The Portland, Oregon City Council threatened a travel ban, but then ditched the idea when they realized how much the city relied on goods and services from Texas – $35 million over the past five years. The Department of Justice sued to block the law, and a judge has set a court date of October 1 for a hearing.
Now, pro-abortion politicians want to pass the dishonestly named “Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021” to block the Texas law – and other states’ abortion limitations. The intent is also to codify abortion into federal law if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned. Pro-lifers call it the “Abortion on Demand Act.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made the passage of HR 3755 a priority. She issued a statement earlier this month, after the Supreme Court decision to let the Texas law stand – for now, anyway – saying:
SB8 delivers catastrophe to women in Texas, particularly women of color and women from low-income communities. Every woman, everywhere has the constitutional right to basic health care. SB8 is the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century, and its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for cases of rape and incest. This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade.
The words targeting “women of color and women from low-income communities” – as if they in particular should have abortions – are eerily similar to the eugenicist, racist legacy of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. She gave a speech to a branch of the Ku Klux Klan and argued for the “elimination of the unfit.”
When Planned Parenthood finally recognized Sanger’s legacy earlier this year, the Reverend Dean Nelson, executive director of Human Coalition Action, wrote about the organization’s racist actions:
The problem with Margaret Sanger is more than just her ‘association’ with white supremacist groups and eugenics, it’s the implementation of those views in creating the largest abortion provider in America targeting people of color. You cannot acknowledge the racist person and history without admitting to the racist vision that has resulted in nearly 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities being located within walking distance of minority neighborhoods.
HR 3755 leans heavily on woke ideology to justify itself, saying “Reproductive justice seeks to address restrictions on reproductive health, including abortion, that perpetuate systems of oppression, lack of bodily autonomy, white supremacy, and anti-Black racism.” Who knew that saving pre-born lives was racist?
The legislation also states, “The terms ‘woman’ and ‘women’ are used in this bill to reflect the identity of the majority of people targeted and affected by restrictions on abortion services, and to address squarely the targeted restrictions on abortion, which are rooted in misogyny.”
However, the act notes that it’s not just women who get pregnant, so access to abortion is critical to the “health of every person capable of becoming pregnant,” including “cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals, those who identify with a different gender.”
The bill points to a supposed “constitutional right” to abortion, but also points to international law and treaties to justify itself. Using twisted logic, these claim that “access to abortion is intrinsically linked to the rights to life, health, equality and non-discrimination, privacy, and freedom from ill-treatment.”
Of course, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021 never mentions the right to life for the unborn child.
The measure will likely pass the House, but – keep praying and make your voice heard – it should stall in the Senate.
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Abortion is a difficult issue – intersecting both public policy and individual lives, families and relationships. While Focus on the Family has always been a pro-life organization, we don’t just concentrate on advocacy. We also want to bring forgiveness, healing and hope to women who have had abortions and deeply regret that decision.
Focus’ Pro-Life Team has many resources to help women – and men who participated with them – who need healing after an abortion. Here’s where you can find helpful articles, books and broadcasts:
- Resources: Hope & Healing After Abortion
- Focus on the Family Pro Life Issues: Abortion
- Focus on the Family Pro Life Issues: Unplanned Pregnancy
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