The Republican Congress is showing its true colors this week. The GOP House is making headlines for prohibiting federal government funds be used for abortions, which is a watered-down version of the real bill they wanted to pass.
Their fist bill would ban procedures women past 20 weeks into their pregnancy. It also would have required women who claimed they were raped to have present a police report to prove the sexual assault.
The change in the legislation came after female members of the Republican House spoke out against the abortion ban, saying such aggressive abortion legislation isn’t the right way to go for political reasons.
Rep. Rene Ellmers (R-N.C.) led the charge against the abortion ban, telling the National Journal:
“The first vote we take, or the second vote, or the fifth vote, shouldn’t be on an issue where we know that millennials—social issues just aren’t as important [to them].”
This is bad politics because most Americans — including most Republicans — trust women to make decisions about their own families. Polling that shows that 7 in 10 Americans support legal access to abortion, including a straight majority of Republicans.
The abortion funding ban is not popular either, and advocates say this is not the end of their efforts to pass an abortion ban with the Republican Congress.
“The results of the 2014 midterm elections made clear that this Congress has been given a direct mandate to protect unborn children and their mothers from late-term abortion, stop taxpayer funding of abortion and defend conscience rights,” said the leaders of the Susan B. Anthony List, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund and the Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
Unfortunately, it seems this saga from the Republican Congress is to be continued. Many have pledged their support for the initial bill, and let’s also be clear that the only reason for the change was for political reasons. Republicans in DC pledged to bring up and hopefully pass more restrictions for women in the near future.
This isn’t the last we’ll see of this.