A Texas congressman has said he plans to introduce legislation in the House that would ban abortion at the federal level.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) said he’s been working on modeling legislation after a Texas law that bans abortion at six weeks pregnant, dramatically reducing access to abortion in the state .
The Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion last month, upholding a Mississippi state law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Residents of more than a dozen states with “trigger laws” — abortion bans designed to go into effect after the court struck down Roe v. Wade – now face limited or no access to abortion.
As Republicans attempt to retake the House and Senate in November, some suggest banning abortion in all 50 states will be on their priority list as the court ruling allows each state to decide its own laws. on abortion.
“I understand and respect and also support the decision made by the Supreme Court, which is until there is legislation that passes the legislature at the federal level and then we delegate it to the states,” Arrington said.
“It’s a steeper hill to climb in Washington, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have to start climbing it now,” Arrington continued.
Even if Republicans controlled Congress in November, they are unlikely to get 60 votes in the Senate on an abortion ban, and President Biden almost guaranteed not to sign it.
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) Said in May that Republicans would pursue the Born-Alive Abortion Survivor Protection Act — requiring any child who survives an abortion to receive care — if they held the majority after mid-term.
Abortions after 21 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetus could potentially survive outside the womb, account for only 1% of all abortions in the United States, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Other bills Republicans are likely to pursue are the Life at Conception Act, which would recognize rights “from the time of fertilization,” and the Heartbeat Protection Act, which would ban abortion after detection of cardiac activity in the fetus.
House Republicans previously passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, in 2015 and 2017.
Party leaders have differed on the extent to which abortion should be banned. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) told CNN he would support a 15-week ban at the federal level, while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doubted to reporters that a ban would pass through the Senate in the face of filibuster.
It’s likely to be a hot topic among candidates in the 2024 Republican presidential primary. Former Vice President Mike Pence, reportedly flirting with an offer, says ‘we mustn’t rest’ until abortion is over. banned in all states. Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin, another potential candidate, has appealed to state lawmakers to draft a 15-week abortion ban bill.