In a monumental waste of time, effort and resources, the right-wing controlled House of Representatives is expected to pass tough anti-abortion legislation that stands no chance of approval in the Senate and a veto promise from the White House should such restrictive legislation.
“This is typical, hypocritical actions by the hard-core conservatives that control the Republican Party, which controls the House,” political activist Theresa Compton tells Capitol Hill Blue. “The right claims it is for less government intrusion into our lives, unless that intrusion is something outrageous like a bill outlawing abortion.”
The bill, driven by the anti-abortion agenda of social conservatives, would ban abortions of virtually any fetus after 20 weeks and ignores a Supreme Court order in 1973 that rules a fetus is not a viable human being until at least 24 weeks.
Rabid right groups have managed to get similar bills passed in 11 state legislatures and most of them face court challenges on legality.
The Supreme Court decision in 1973 ruled a woman has a right to a late-term abortion but the strong conservative arm of the Republican Party continues to claim the the court is wrong, even though public opinion polls show a majority of Americans oppose tougher anti-abortion laws.
“In reality, the legislation is all show and no substance,” says former House Republican staffer Al Morrison. “It can’t pass the Democratic controlled Senate so it’s dead. It’s like the repeated attempts by the House to overturn Obamacare. A lot of wasted time and effort that goes nowhere.”
The current bill if called the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.