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.
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.