Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took steps last Thursday to bring the proposed Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) up for a floor vote in the Senate. The bill is a radical abortion measure that would attempt to invalidate almost all pro-life state and local laws around the nation.
The bill has already been passed along an almost uniform party-line vote in the House, with only one Democrat voting against it. Schumer has delayed bringing the WHPA up for a vote in the Senate, as he knows that he cannot get close to the 60 votes he would need to move the bill forward. Now that he appears ready to roll the bill out in the Senate, he will be putting pressure on electorally vulnerable members of his delegation who would probably prefer to stay far away from the bill’s extreme provisions.
The Biden White House has been aggressively pushing the WHPA in Congress. The bill would federally codify abortion on demand up to birth and seek to nullify pro-life state laws. The law would invalidate state laws that protect unborn children after surviving outside the womb and outlaw regulations requiring informed consent, waiting periods, or ultrasounds. The WHPA would also invalidate state laws against abortions chosen solely based on an unborn child’s gender or medical disabilities.
Advocates for life insist that Schumer’s decision to follow administration instructions to move the law forward to a Senate vote will prove to be damaging to Democrats. Marjorie Dannenfelser of the pro-life advocacy group Susan B. In a statement last Friday, Susan B. Anthony List said that the bill’s radical abortion on demand at taxpayer expense provisions are “grossly out of step” with most Americans.
In recent years, as more state legislatures have anticipated the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, pro-life laws have been enacted around the country. Last week Florida and Arizona took steps toward enacting laws that protect unborn children from abortion after the 15th week of pregnancy.
Especially given the potential that the decision coming soon from the Supreme Court in
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that could finally and fully overturn Roe, Democrats are running a significant risk of a backlash from voters who will rightfully be outraged by their support for the WHPA.