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“But yet again, our colleagues wish to demonstrate that the radical left fringe runs today’s Democratic Party”

by | Mar 1, 2022

By Dave Andrusko

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read “Senate Rejects Cloture on the Democrats’ Abortion on Demand Without Limits Bill,” please take a few minutes out of your busy schedule to read NRLC’s explanation. It is spot on and one of the very few places you’ll see the draconian nature of the laughably (or cynically) misnamed “Women’s Health Protection Act” laid out in detail.

To be clear the 46 votes for and 48 votes against meant supporters fell 14 votes short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. Had the Senate taken up the Women’s Health Protection Act, it would have “fallen short of the 50 votes needed for passage after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., joined Republicans in opposition,” according to NBC News’s Sahil Kapur and Ali Vitali.

NRLC’s explanation of the protective laws that the measure (WHPA) would nullify included

  • Nearly all Federal limits on taxpayer funding of abortion;
  • Conscience protection laws allowing medical professionals to opt-out of providing abortions;
  • Requirements to provide women seeking abortion with specific information on their unborn child;
  • Laws providing reflection periods (waiting periods);
  • Laws requiring parental consent or notification for minors seeking an abortion;
  • Laws limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians;
  • Bans on elective abortion after 20 weeks when an unborn child is capable of feeling pain;
  • Requirements to provide women with information on alternatives to abortion;
  • Bans on the use of abortion as a method of sex selection, and abortions done based on a diagnosis of a disability, including Down Syndrome.

What was pro-abortion Majority Leader Charles Schumer’s take, just prior to the vote?

We are here to throw cold water on the flames of anti-women bigotry and affirm five sacred words: Abortion is a fundamental right.”

Five “sacred words” from “anti-woman” bigots? Always the gracious loser.

Predictably, we were told in a gazillion stories and on the floor of the House and Senate that “all” the WHPA would do would be “to codify Roe.” This is fundamentally dishonest—not to mention inaccurate—but what we’ve come to expect from pro-abortionists the last fifty years.

Politico’s Alice Miranda Ollstein was a conspicuous exception:

The bill, which progressive lawmakers have pushed since 2013, would have gone further than codifying Roe v. Wade into federal law by barring states from enacting restrictions on abortion both later and earlier in pregnancy.

In explaining his vote in favor, Sen. Tim Kaine pretended that the WHPA would not affect the Hyde Amendment—which he supports—but merely uphold the “core holding of Roe v. Wade — that women should be able to make their own decisions regarding reproductive health without unreasonable government interference.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued a statement which ended with this:

As dangerous new laws proliferate in states across the country, the Biden-Harris Administration will continue to explore the measures and tools at our disposal to stand up for women’s equality. This is a moment for us to recommit to strengthening access to women’s health care, defend the constitutional right affirmed by Roe, and protect the freedom of all people to build their own future. 

Pro-life Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, as he so often does, hammered the Democrats for their extremism and hypocrisy:

With a cascade of major crises testing our country, Senate Democrats are prioritizing a show vote on mandating nine months of abortion on demand across America.

Senate Democrats want to go on the record supporting the radical and massively unpopular proposition that we should have functionally no restrictions on abortion whatsoever. …

But yet again, our colleagues wish to demonstrate that the radical left fringe runs today’s Democratic Party.

As the world prays for Ukraine and debates consequences for Putin… as American families contend with violent crime, open borders, and runaway inflation… Washington Democrats want to spend their time arguing for unlimited abortion on demand.

I want to thank the Majority Leader for making it so clear where his party’s priorities lie.

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