The US House will vote Friday on a bill that protects a person's access to abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing the Women's Health Protection Act to floor in response to S.B. 8, a Texas law that bans abortion after six weeks, before most people realize they are pregnant. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to block the law from taking effect, although the decision leaves the door open for future challenges.
"S.B. 8 delivers catastrophe to women in Texas, particularly women of color and women from low-income communities," Pelosi said in a statement in early September. "[It] is the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century, and its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for cases of rape and incest. This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade."
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