Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced on Thursday the Home will vote on laws to codify Roe v. Wade within the wake of the Supreme Court docket’s resolution to disclaim an emergency enchantment filed by abortion suppliers to dam the Texas heartbeat invoice.
Pelosi blasted the 5-4 ruling made Wednesday night to uphold Texas’ new coverage to ban the process after six weeks and permit for people to file civil fits in opposition to abortion suppliers or those that assist facilitate abortions.
“The Supreme Court docket’s cowardly, dark-of-night resolution to uphold a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on girls’s rights and well being is staggering. That this radically partisan Court docket selected to take action with no full briefing, oral arguments or offering a full, signed opinion is shameful,” she stated in an announcement.
“SB8 delivers disaster to girls in Texas, notably girls of coloration and ladies from low-income communities. Each lady, in every single place has the constitutional proper to fundamental well being care. SB8 is probably the most excessive, harmful abortion ban in half a century, and its function is to destroy Roe v. Wade and even refuses to make exceptions for instances of rape and incest. This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade.”
The California Democrat stated the decrease chamber will take up The Ladies’s Well being Safety Act — spearheaded by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) — which might bar restrictions to abortions together with “obligatory ready durations, biased counseling, two-trip necessities, and obligatory ultrasounds.”
“Upon our return, the Home will deliver up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Ladies’s Well being Safety Act to enshrine into legislation reproductive well being look after all girls throughout America,” Pelosi continued.
“SB8 unleashes one of the vital disturbing, unprecedented and far-reaching assaults on well being care suppliers – and on anybody who helps a lady, in any method, entry an abortion – by making a vigilante bounty system that can have a chilling impact on the supply of any reproductive well being care providers.”
Democrats have alleged that the Texas invoice is unconstitutional, vowing to do every little thing of their energy to overturn the coverage.
“This provision is a cynical, backdoor try by partisan lawmakers to evade the Structure and the legislation to destroy not solely a lady’s proper to well being care however doubtlessly any proper or safety that partisan lawmakers goal. When the Supreme Court docket takes up its reproductive rights case this yr, we urge it to uphold, as Justice Sotomayor wrote in her dissent, ‘its constitutional obligations to guard not solely the rights of ladies, but additionally the sanctity of its precedents and of the rule of legislation,’” Pelosi stated.
The Home is scheduled to come back again into session on Sept. 20.
Whereas the invoice is prone to go the decrease chamber, it faces a slender path within the Senate, which requires a 60 vote threshold for passage.