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US House Passes Abortion Rights Bill, Expected to Fail in Senate

US House Passes Abortion Rights Bill, Expected to Fail in Senate
US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)

Friday, 24 September 2021 12:28 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to protect abortion services against growing Republican-backed state restrictions, including a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, but it is unlikely to pass the Senate.

The Democrat-controlled House voted 218-211 largely along party lines to pass the legislation called the Women's Health Protection Act. Just one Democrat voted against the proposal.

The bill would protect abortion services and pre-empt many of the restrictions that Republicans have passed at the state level, such as those that require ultrasounds or other tests.

It is expected to fail in the evenly divided Senate, where Democrats would need at least 10 Republicans to support it. Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate who supports abortion rights, has said she will vote against it.

But the vote provides an opportunity for Democrats to demonstrate their support for abortion rights ahead of the 2022 congressional elections, which will determine which party controls Congress in the latter half of President Joe Biden's presidential term.

"It is time to trust women, to respect their decisions," Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., said during House debate.

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation on Friday to protect abortion services against growing Republican-backed state restrictions, including a Texas law that imposes a near-total ban on abortion, but it is unlikely to pass the Senate.
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Friday, 24 September 2021 12:28 PM
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