House Democrats pass sweeping, symbolic abortion bill after Texas law
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The House passed Friday a broad pro-choice bill that would sweep away state restrictions on abortion, a speedy but largely symbolic vote in reaction to a wave of pro-life measures in Texas and other red states making their way to the Supreme Court.
The House voted 218-211 to approve the Women's Health Protection Act, rushing the bill onto the floor without a committee hearing after the Supreme Court denied Sept. 1 a request to block a newly passed Texas law barring most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.

"Today, the House of Representatives took a crucial step to safeguard the right to access abortion care in the United States," said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, New York Democrat, after the vote. "Accessing abortion has been recognized as a constitutional right for nearly half a century, yet this right is now under sustained attack by anti-choice state legislatures and a hostile Supreme Court."

The only Democrat to oppose H.R 3755 was Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas. All Republicans voted against the measure.

While the bill is unlikely to reach the Senate floor, the debate provided a platform for Democrats to sound the alarm ahead of the 2022 election on the surge of challenges to Roe v. Wade, led by Mississippi's 15-week ban on abortion scheduled for oral argument before the high court in December.

Democrats also ripped the Texas law, known as SB 8, which allows private citizens to bring civil lawsuits against health care providers who perform abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or about six to eight weeks gestation, with an exception for…
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