Democrats in the House of Representatives are poised to introduce legislation that would mandate “federal funding” for abortion coverage throughout the United States in the coming days; setting the stage for a major showdown with Congressional Republicans.
“Abortion rights leaders in Congress will ask House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to hold a vote on a bill that would allow abortion coverage to receive federal funding,” reports The Hill. “The bill would repeal a long-standing ban on abortion coverage in federal health programs like Medicaid.”
“It’s just important as we move forward that we pass legislation that honors women’s reproductive health and their decisions rather than punishing poor women and federal employees,” said Rep. Diana DeGette, the co-chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus.
The new legislation would effectively bypass the Hyde Amendment; a provision passed in 1976 that bans federal insurance programs -including Medicaid- from covering abortions.
Read the full report at The Hill.
GRAHAM ON HANNITY: My Bill Would Limit On-Demand Abortions ‘After 20 Weeks’
Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped by ‘Hannity’ Wednesday night to weigh-in on the growing trend of state governments permitting late-term abortions until the point of delivery; saying only seven countries on the planet permit the procedure after 20 weeks.
“I don’t think that was about abortion in the Commonwealth of Virginia. You once sponsored a bill I agree with,” said Hannity.
“Only seven nations in the entire world allow abortion on demand after 20 weeks. They’re talking about abortion during the actual birthing,” said Graham.
“My bill says unless the life of the mother’s at stake, a result of rape or incest, you can’t have abortion on demand in the fifth month. Most Americans would be fine with that,” he added.
Watch Sen. Graham on ‘Hannity’ above.
NY GOVERNOR: I’m ‘Not Here to Legislate Religion’ Regarding Late-Term Abortions
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo doubled-down on his state’s recent law permitting late-term abortions Wednesday; saying he was not in office to “legislate religion” following the controversial decision.
The new legislation allows non-doctors to perform abortions “up until the point of birth” for many, non-specified reasons.
“The Catholic Church doesn’t believe in a woman’s right to choose. Yes, I understand their religious view,” he said. “But I’m not here to legislate religion.”
“Bishops attacking Governor Cuomo,” chuckled Cuomo. “Let’s pull that headline up from about 30 years ago.”
“The law has come under fire by devout Catholics and religious leaders, who call it draconian and inhumane. Some Catholic leaders have called on Cuomo to be excommunicated for championing the law,” writes Fox News.
Read the full report here.