Republicans seek to force the House vote on that life begins at conception Republicans seek to force the House vote on that life begins at conception
With the Supreme Court expected to announce a landmark decision soon that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers are using a procedural tactic to try to force a House vote on recognizing life at conception.
“We could present the most benign and modest life proposal and get zero Democratic votes, or we could present a bold and strong life proposal and get zero Democratic votes in this Congress,” said Rep. Bob Good, R -Va., who started a discharge petition on a bill, told the Daily Signal in an interview on Capitol Hill.
Good’s discharge petition to force an hour of floor debate and a vote in the House has 60 co-sponsors. According to House rules, if a discharge petition collects 218 signatures from House members, it would require the entire House to vote on the matter. Life at Conception Law has more than 150 co-sponsors. Democrats hold a narrow majority in the House of 220 to 209 Republicans.
Representative Alex Mooney, RW. Va., sponsored the Life at Conception Legislation, which is not a nationwide ban on abortion, but if passed, Congress would recognize life at conception.
“Here, the science is very clear. Every person in the world who knows biology can tell you that human life begins at conception,” Mooney told the Daily Signal in a phone interview. “It’s a biological fact. The lifespan of all species begins at conception. That’s a fact.”
Several embryology textbooks have said that life begins at conception. President Joe Biden recently said when life begins in a questionable matter, but as vice president in 2012 he said he believed life begins at conception.
“The whole base of Roe v. Wade is that life is not defined when it begins. He explicitly stated that Congress does not define life,” Mooney added. “The main purpose of the bill is that Roe v. Wade is not needed because Congress now defines life at conception. All that would do is throw it back to the states to enforce or not.
In May, a draft decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization leaked, showing a High Court majority should overturn Roe v. Wade of 1973 which nationalized the issue of abortion.
After the leak, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., chair of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, said Congress must enshrine abortion in federal law.
“We still fight every day to protect and expand abortion access across the country,” DeGette said in a public statement. “And, now more than ever, we need our colleagues in the U.S. Senate to do the same by immediately passing the Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine the right to access abortion care in law. federal.”
Both sides have used this discharge petition strategy, which is rarely successful. However, Democrats have issued dire warnings and repeatedly asserted that the majority backs them on abortion, so in theory they would have motivation to see such a record vote.
“It would force a floor vote if we could get to 218, which obviously we know is a very long shot in this Congress,” Good said.
“Democrats are so radically extreme on abortion, they’ve become where they’ve embraced as the party of death that believes in no restrictions on abortion at any time for any reason, until time of birth at taxpayer expense and possibly beyond,” he added. “So these are the extremists…So we should embrace the mantra as the party of life.”
Heritage Action Executive Director Jessica Anderson supports the discharge petition.
“In the face of the left’s crusade to promote abortion for all, Rep. Good continues to be a strong advocate for the unborn and his leadership on pro-life issues should be commended,” Anderson said in a public statement. “Unborn children are our most vulnerable population and we find hope in knowing that Rep. Good will not be deterred from his mission to protect life.”
Heritage Action is the advocacy arm of The Heritage Foundation, the parent organization of The Daily Signal.
Addressing the biology would make the abortion argument difficult in the future, Mooney claimed.
“It’s harder for the pro-abortion community to explain why they’re okay with abortion knowing it’s a human life,” Mooney said. “So they just don’t want to admit it. But it is a biological fact.
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