It’s not like Congress has anything pressing to do, like encourage job growth! That’s the only reason why literally one day after the House of Representatives failed to advance a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C., a nearly identical bill has been proposed again in the Senate.
The original bill proposed by Republican Arizona Rep. Trent Franks (D.C.’s laws are created by Congress — I know, messed up, right?) would have banned abortion after 20 weeks, including in cases of incest and rape. The only exception for an abortion after 20 weeks would be to save the life of the mother, because I guess being permanently maimed by a pregnancy is A-OK? The bill would also fine and jail doctors who flaunted the ban. It failed to gather a two-thirds majority of support in the House on Tuesday.
And then Wednesday came.
Yesterday, Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah has attached an amendment to a cyber-security bill, of all things, with an identical ban. Why has Sen. Lee attached it to a cyber-security bill? He thinks it will have a better chance of passing if it is gummed onto a larger bill, rather than as a standalone piece of legislation. Sen. Lee introduced the 20-week abortion ban as a standalone previously and it failed.
And might I remind you that Rep. Franks and Sen. Lee are from Arizona and Utah, respectively — the citizens of D.C. are not even their own constituents, yet they get to play around with their health. Fun times.