House Set To Vote On Restrictive DC Abortion Ban

H.R. 3803 — a bill that would criminalize abortions in the District of Columbia after 20 weeks of pregnancy — is scheduled for a House floor vote on Tuesday. Special interest groups are able to use Washington as a testing ground for anti-abortion legislation largely because the Republican House can attempt to control much of DC law, and it likely won’t draw as much attention from the American public. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), will be brought to the floor under suspension of the rules, curtailing debate to only 20 minutes per side. In a press release, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) warned that the bill “is the key element of a state-by-state campaign to undermine a woman’s right to choose and to overturn the law of the land.”

Steven Perlberg