Local reps applaud U.S. House vote on abortion ban
Posted on May 15, 2015 20:02 pm CDT
Republicans have won House approval for a late-term abortion ban after dropping rape provisions that were opposed by GOP women, forcing party leaders to rewrite the measure.
The near party-line 242-184 vote marked a victory for conservatives and anti-abortion organizations. But the path to passage also showed how hard it will be for the GOP to satisfy such groups while retaining support from women in the 2016 elections.
Rep. Billly Long, (R) Missouri-7th District and Rep. Steve Womack, (R) Arkansas-3rd District were among the majority supporting the measure.
“Today is a victory for the pro-life cause and our ongoing battle against abortion,” Long said. “As Americans, it is our duty to provide ample opportunity for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Abortion is an ugly approach to rob the prospect of life from the innocent and block liberty before the chance is even given.”
Womack added, “Unborn lives matter, and making sure our unborn that can feel pain are protected from abortion is long overdue. As a cosponsor, I applaud the passage of H.R. 36, which not only prohibits abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy – the point at which fetuses feel pain – but also provides compassionate care for mothers coping with traumatic, stressful, and emotional decisions about abortion.”
Erased from the bill was language allowing abortions for rape victims who'd reported the attack to police. Instead, the measure requires them to receive counseling or medical care at least 48 hours before an abortion.
Republican women rebelled against the initial legislation, forcing party leaders to abruptly cancel a January vote on it.