Undaunted, Republicans keep introducing anti-choice legislation

Mike LeeOn Monday, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) on introduced legislation that would prohibit abortion after 20 weeks of gestation in Washington, D.C., as reported in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Taking the law directly from the playbook of the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), Senator Lee based his proposed bill on model legislation directly from the anti-choice group.

In a moment when it seems that women’s health has had a couple of important victories (the public response to Komen, and the Obama Administration’s protection of birth control) we have to remember that battles about mammograms and contraception are mere components of the broader war against women’s health.

Sen. Lee’s bill is similar to HR 3803 introduced in the House by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) in January. This legislation is based on the medically unproved assertion that fetuses can feel pain around 20 weeks. State legislatures in Alabama, Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas have approved similar legislation (Women’s Health Policy Report, 1/24).

House Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D- Washington D.C.) pointed out the obvious – this is a test-case for national campaign to increase abortion restrictions. This is a shot accross the bow, and just as we have pressured our legislators and leaders to stand up for women’s access to preventive care, we have to make sure that we extend that argument to include a woman’s right to control her fertility, plan a family and protect her health.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/singforchoices/ Casey

    Please note that DC does not get a say in this legislation, since it is not a state and does not have a vote in Congress. Eleanor Holmes Norton (wonderful as she is) can only speak against the bill, but she cannot do anything to stop it. Although it’s unlikely this bill will go anywhere, it is unfair on a number of levels to the 600,000 or so people who live in DC.

  • http://feministing.com/members/neohfem1/ Amy Hanna

    It seems to be an unprecedented circle-the-zygotes time for Desperados in Charge.
    Let’s see if they get to stay come the morning after in November …

  • http://feministing.com/members/shawncm217/ Shawn Mannen

    Why does this post not include the name/number of the legislation Sen. Lee introduced so we can contact our respective senators to tell them not to support it?

    • http://feministing.com/members/shawncm217/ Shawn Mannen

      Never mind. I misunderstood what the article was saying. My mistake. I’m sorry.