Headline RoundupJune 27th, 2022

Pelosi Says House Democrats Are Looking To Codify Federal Abortion Protections

Summary from the AllSides News Team

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Monday outlined House Democrats' legislative response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, hinting at an attempt to codify federal abortion protections.

In a letter addressed to her Democratic colleagues, Pelosi blasted the "extremist Supreme Court" and accused the court of attempting to "punish and control the American people." Two other bills House Democrats will advance include protecting personal data stored on reproductive health apps and reiterating the constitutional right that women can "freely and voluntarily" travel out of state for an abortion. While Democrats have successfully passed legislation to codify Roe in the House, they have failed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. Not all Democrats, however, are on board with Pelosi's idea to codify Roe. Vice President Kamala Harris told CNN’s Dana Bash on Monday that she "wouldn’t go there" because Democrats do not have the votes.

Coverage across the spectrum similarly noted Pelosi's proposal to codify Roe has "virtually no chance" of becoming law in "today’s 50-50 Senate." 

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