Congressional delegates at odds over abortion legislation

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Reps. Terri Sewell and Mo Brooks are once again on opposite sides of the aisle when it comes to voting on congressional legislation. Rep. Sewell voted to pass H.R. 3755, the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA), legislation that aims to ensure equal access to reproductive services for women across the country. Mo Brooks voted against the legislation, arguing that the “pro-abortion position has shifted from ‘safe, legal, and rare’ to, in some places, pro-infanticide.”

Sewell was among the bill’s 176 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. The bill passed the House by a vote of 218-211.

“The protections secured in Roe v. Wade are on the line,” said Rep. Sewell. “I believe that a woman’s reproductive choices should be between her and her doctor, not between her, her doctor, and her elected officials. Women everywhere must have access to a full range of reproductive health care services, which is why I’m proud to support the Women’s Health Protection Act.”

Sewell posted on Twitter, “Today I voted YES on the Women’s Health Protection Act! Passing #WHPA brings us closer to creating a nation where every person, regardless of who they are or where they live, is free to make the best health care decisions for themselves & their families.”

Brooks stated in a press release, “America is one of only seven countries worldwide that allows abortions after 20 weeks. That puts America in the same category as notorious human rights abusers China and North Korea. That is not a record Socialist Democrats should be proud of.”

Brooks posted on Twitter, “I voted “No” on H.R. 3755, a radical bill that usurps states’ rights and legalizes killings of viable unborn American babies up to and including when a mother is in labor. Socialist Dems’ radical, pro-abortion position has shifted from “safe, legal, and rare” to, in some places, pro-infanticide. Their extreme position is repulsive & science denial of the first order because science confirms that life begins at conception.”

Originally tweeted by Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) on September 24, 2021.

For decades, the Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized abortion as a constitutional right. In recent years, state lawmakers have pushed through nearly 500 restrictive laws that make abortion difficult and, sometimes, impossible to access. Just this year, four states have passed bans on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy. The legislation aims to ensure that these types of restrictions are stopped.