The House will vote on bills to protect abortion access after Roe v. wade

The bills were introduced by Democrats in an effort to counter the Supreme Court’s reversal of a long-standing legal precedent by affirming that there is no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion. But while the bills are expected to be approved by the House Democratic majority, they are about to hit a wall in the Senate where there is not enough support for either of bills exceeds the 60-vote filibuster threshold.
One of two bills the House must vote on — HR 8296, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 — is sponsored by Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California. Democrats have made the Women’s Health Protection Act a key agenda item and previously successfully passed a version of the bill in the House. The bill seeks to preserve nationwide abortion access at the federal level.
It was, however, stalled in the Senate. In May, a key Senate vote fell through with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a moderate Democrat, joining Republicans in voting against the measure and blocking it from moving forward.

The bill’s failure to advance in the Senate was expected at the time amid widespread GOP resistance, but the vote’s outcome nevertheless underscored how severely Democrats remain limited in what they can achieve. in terms of safeguarding access to abortion with only an extremely narrow majority in the Senate.

The other bill House Democrats will introduce on Friday is HR 8297, the Guaranteed Abortion Access Act of 2022, sponsored by Democratic Representative Lizzie Fletcher of Texas.

The measure is intended to protect the right to travel to seek access to abortion and would prohibit anyone from restricting or hindering an individual’s ability to cross state lines to obtain an abortion in a state where it is legal to do so.

A vote on the bill comes as the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade led states to implement their own abortion policies. The ruling has already resulted in a patchwork system across the country in which access to the process is, for many people, largely determined by whether a state is controlled by Republicans or Democrats.

The so-called trigger laws — prohibitions designed to take effect with the overturning of Roe v. Wade — are enforceable in some states following the Supreme Court’s ruling, while in others the bans await official action.


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