Several House Democrats introduced legislation to repeal the Hyde amendment, which bars federal funding of most abortions. Rep. Diana DeGette, a Colorado Democrat, said: “I believe that for the first time, maybe in our nation’s history, we actually have a pro-choice majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.” The legislation to overturn the Hyde amendment will not pass the GOP-controlled Senate.
Upon announcing the legislation, Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., declared a “new era for reproductive rights” and vowed to roll out the “boldest pro-choice legislation in history.” The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum also joined the press conference.
Democrats did not indicate whether House leadership had agreed to bring the bills to the floor for a vote. They don’t stand a chance for passage under the GOP-controlled Senate, but Democrats have been looking to signal to voters what they can expect legislatively if Democrats flip the White House.