Democrats have made clear that they intend to keep the abortion mills open and churning away. And Republican Rep. Greg Steube is not happy about it.
On Friday, the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would codify the provisions of the 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court ruling into law.
The law would forbid outlawing abortions at any point during pregnancy, including up to the moment of birth. As the bill states, abortion would be allowed “after fetal viability when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, a continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health.”
That passed 219-210, with Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas joining the Republicans in rejecting the bill.
The other measure, Ensuring Access to Abortion Act, passed 223-205, with Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Fred Upton of Michigan sided with the Democrats. The bill guarantees women the ability to cross state lines to obtain an abortion or prohibits states from stopping the free flow of pregnancy-ending drugs across state lines.
On Friday, Steube, a Sarasota Republican, denounced Democrats for their permissiveness on abortion.
In a floor speech, he indicted Democrats for a “complete misrepresentation of fact” since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month.
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“There never has been the constitutional right to end the life of an innocent unborn child. Never,” Steube said. “It doesn’t exist in the Constitution, and Congress has never passed a law allowing for the murder of the unborn.”
“In fact, the opposite exists,” he added. Steube maintained that the Fifth and 14th Amendments guaranteed that “any person” cannot be denied the right to life without due process.
“Certainly, an unborn child is a person. What else could it be?” Steube argued.
He noted that the Supreme Court, in last month’s ruling, stated clearly that there is no right to abortion in the COnstitution.
“Over 63 million children have been murdered since Roe was decided,” said Steube. “That’s not freedom – that’s genocide.”
In an email to constituents on Sunday, Steube added, “We must stand strongly for the rights of those who cannot advocate for themselves.”
“I condemned [the Democrats’ bills] for nationalizing abortion in all nine months of pregnancy, undermining parental consent for minors to travel across state lines for abortions, and legalizing discriminatory abortions based on sex, race, and disability. I am extremely disappointed in my liberal colleagues’ disregard for human life, but I will always support the sanctity of life and fight for our most vulnerable.”