The Lower House of the United States, with a Democratic majority, approved this Friday two bills that seek to restore the protection of the right to abortion in the country, repealed by the Supreme Court on June 24.
The first, entitled Women’s Protection Law and that supports access to abortion by enshrining that right in federal law, received 219 votes in favor and 210 against, while the second, which protects interstate travel to receive that service, was endorsed with 223 in favor and 205 against. .
This double regulation has few chances of getting ahead when its processing reaches the Senatewhere the Democrats have a narrow majority and need the support of at least 10 Republicans.
Abortion had been legal throughout the United States since the Supreme Court ruled in 1973 that the state has no right to intervene in a woman’s decision about her pregnancy.
But that court, where six conservative and three liberal judges now sit, revoked that right in June at the federal level by letting each state decide its regulation.
[Estados que han prohibido el aborto en EEUU una semana después de que se derogase Roe vs. Wade]
The court ruling repealed the ruling ‘Roe v. Wade’ (1973), which protected the right to abortion in the countryand currently 13 of the 50 states impose restrictions on the voluntary interruption of pregnancy and in some, like Texas, the veto is total.
Only a new law, such as the one debated and voted on this Friday in the House of Representatives, can re-impose state regulations.
“History is watching us. We must show our leadership and make sure that a basic right is guaranteed,” Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas, a representative from California, told the session.
The Republican side, on the other hand, criticized the bills considering that they facilitate abortion “on demand” based on “the race, sex or disability” of the fetus: “We must stop this lie that abortion is suddenly a reproductive health issue,” said Republican Kat Cammack, speaking on behalf of Florida.
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