On July 15, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a public hearing on S. 1696, the so-called “Women’s Health Protection Act.” “This bill is really about just one thing: it seeks to strip away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their pre-natal development,” National Right to Life President Carol Tobias told the committee. “Calling the bill the ‘Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act’ would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.”
The bill, which is being heavily promoted by all pro-abortion groups, is clearly the most radical proposal ever considered by the Congress. It would invalidate nearly all existing limitations on abortion, even those upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and heavily favored by the American public, including most women. In Wisconsin, the law would nullify our requirements providing women with full information prior to the performance of an abortion, giving women information on alternatives, providing a reflection or waiting period, recognizing conscience rights for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortion, and limiting the performance of abortions to licensed physicians.
It would also prohibit the Wisconsin and other state legislatures from enacting future limitations such as prohibiting sex selection abortions and prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks when the unborn child experiences excruciating pain from the abortion. Almost all previously enacted federal limits on abortion would be invalidated including limits on government funding of abortion.
“We believe that many voters will be appalled to learn that nearly two-thirds of Senate Democrats have cosponsored a bill to impose nationwide the extreme ideological doctrine that elective abortion must not be limited in any meaningful way, at any stage of pregnancy,” Tobias said.