This article appeared online at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, September 27, 2021:
Rushing H.R. 3755 — the deceitfully titled “Women’s Health Protection Act” — to the House floor on Friday without so much as a single committee hearing on it, Speaker Nancy Pelosi secured the votes of all but one Democrat in the House of Representatives in passing it, 218-211. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) was the only defector who joined every Republican in voting against it. As the White House explained, the bill is intended “to codify this constitutional right [to abort their unborn child].”
Critics more properly called it the “Abortion on Demand Act” or the “Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act,” which, if passed by the Senate, would essentially erase every limitation states have erected to protect the lives of unborn children. The deceit begins with the title, as half the babies aborted in this country are female. But nothing in the law says anything about them.
Instead, the bill passed by the House would, as summed up by LifeNews:
Eliminate all state and federal parental consent laws in relation to abortion;
Eliminate all state informed consent laws, including those that allow women to view an ultrasound prior to abortion;
Prevent states from passing laws to protect babies at 20 weeks, thereby joining countries like North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands in not protecting unborn children later in development;
Force doctors and nurses opposed to abortion to lose their jobs, and Catholic hospitals could lose public funds unless they perform abortions;
Eliminate decades-long limitations on direct taxpayer funding of abortion — including the popular Hyde Amendment, which has saved over 2 million lives since enacted; and
In short, overturn all federal and state pro-life laws, and go further to make it illegal for elected officials to even introduce pro-life legislation.
U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) was unnervingly explicit about what the bill would allow if it were passed into law:
For the first time ever by congressional statute, H.R. 3755 would legally enable the death of unborn baby girls and boys by dismemberment, decapitation, forced expulsion from the womb, deadly poisons, or other methods at any time until birth.
The language goes far beyond the “rights” conjured by the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade in 1973 and affirmed in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992:
A health care provider has a statutory right [emphasis added] under this Act to provide abortion services … and that provider’s patient has a corresponding right [emphasis added] to receive such services.
Rights come from God, not government. And, as the Declaration of Independence clearly stated, “to secure those Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.”
Knowing in advance that the bill had no chance, the Speaker of the House still rushed the bill to the floor to make a political statement. As Carl Hulse, writer for the pro-abortion New York Times, explained, “The House Democrats’ decision … reflects their view that the issue could resonate strongly in the midterm elections next year.” In other words, Nancy and friends think that this political statement in support of murdering unborn children on demand will actually help them fend off the coming Republican tsunami in some way.
On this issue, the Democrats are behind the curve and losing ground. Not only did the Supreme Court allow the Texas Heartbeat Law to stand, it is hearing arguments next month in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which is a direct challenge to the constitutionality of Roe and Casey.
It also reveals the moral corruption of Democrats and the Democrat Party on issues as vital as the right to life. They are sealing their fate with this attack on that right. Many are seeing it not only as an attack on the right to life but an affront to the Giver of Life Himself.
As New Jersey Representative Chris Smith noted, “This bill is far outside the American mainstream and goes far beyond Roe v. Wade. This bill constitutes an existential threat to unborn children and to the value of life itself.”
It may even present an existential threat to the radical Democrat Party as it exposes to the light of day its position on life, and its Giver.