With Zero Jobs Bills Passed by the US House, John Boehner’s GOP Wastes Time on Anti-Abortion Bill With No Chance of Becoming Law
It may pass the House, but that’s as far as this waste of time will get. The bill bans abortions after 20 weeks.
The legislation expected to pass the Republican-controlled House as early as Tuesday has no chance of becoming law in the near future: The Democratic-led Senate will ignore it and the White House has issued a veto threat. But the measure gives social conservatives a rare chance to promote their anti-abortion agenda and lays the groundwork for what could be a future challenge to the 1973 Supreme Court decision that confirmed a woman’s right to late-term abortions…
Some 11 state legislatures have passed similar measures. Several have been challenged in court and a federal court last month struck down a slightly different Arizona law that banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Anti-abortion groups said the time frame in the House bill and other state laws, which ban abortion 20 weeks after conception, is equal to 22 weeks of pregnancy.
The sponsors of the bill, named the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, also cited evidence – which opponents say is disputed – that fetuses can feel pain after five months.
“Jobs continue to be our number one concern,” says House Speaker John Boehner, and yet his party is focused on contentious social issues that have no chance of becoming law.