The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives will do anything to avoid getting any actual work done. As if 37 votes to repeal Obamacare didn't waste enough taxpayer time and money, the House GOP has decided to vote on a 20-week abortion ban, despite the fact that the bill would never be approved by the Senate. The anti-abortion bill is sponsored by Arizona Republican, Congressman Trent Franks, and it is strongly endorsed by the National Right to Life Committee.
If the bill stood any chance of passing in the upper chamber, it would roll back women's constitutionally protected right to an abortion until the point of viability – which is 24 weeks. Representative Franks' restriction is based on the scientifically-specious notion that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks. But, the vote is nothing but a dog-and-pony show. Republicans know that the bill would never survive a Senate vote, and it certainly wouldn't be signed into law by President Obama. Apparently, Republican lawmakers would rather play to their hard-right base, than pass any jobs bills, or work to undo the damage of the sequester.
Democrats and moderate Republicans in the Congress are frustrated about wasting taxpayer time and money on another meaningless vote. The American people are tired of lawmakers who refuse to represent them, and they are tired of the ongoing attack on women's reproductive rights. Even Representative Mary Bono Mack – a Republican – said, “There were real issues to focus on that should have been the news of the day. It wasn't this.”
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