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Dems waste time with symbolic abortion protection bills that stand no chance

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The “vote was largely symbolic as two bills stand all but no chance of overcoming Republican opposition in the evenly-divided Senate” reports The Guardian following Democrats approving legislation to protect abortion access nationwide.

On Friday, the House of Representatives approved the two pieces of legislation as a first step in an attempt to respond to the supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

The Guardian reports of the two bills:

One would protect the right to travel across state lines for abortion services, a new flashpoint in the debate as anti-abortion groups push legislation that would block women from traveling out-of-state. That passed the House by 223 votes to 205 no votes.

The measure would also shield healthcare providers who perform abortions on out-of-state patients from legal repercussions.

The other bill, a version of which already passed the House last year, would establish abortion rights in federal law, effectively overturning a flurry of state restrictions and bans and giving a national legislative underpinning to a federal right that had been dictated by the court.

The measure would guarantee abortion access until fetal viability, the point at which a human fetus is widely deemed able to survive outsidethe uterus, roughly considered to be around 24 weeks, or after that point if the mother’s health or life are at risk. It passed by 219 yes votes to 210 no votes.

It would also prohibit what its authors say are medically unnecessary restrictions designed to restrict abortion access under the guise of protecting women’s health.

Because Democrats have virtually no chance of receiving the 60 votes needed to move legislation forward in the Senate, the move is a play to hope pro-choice Americans vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters, “We must ensure that the American people remember in November,” Pelosi said, “because with two more Democratic senators we will be able to eliminate the filibuster when it comes to a woman’s right to choose and to make reproductive freedom the law of the land.”

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DeSantis wishes America ‘a speedy recovery’ from Biden

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis didn’t hold back his quick wit at this week’s Turning Point event when he wished President Joe Biden a speedy recovery from COVID-19 and then wished America a “speedy recovery” from the Biden presidency.

“I want to, on behalf of the State of Florida, wish Biden a speedy recovery from COVID. And I also want to wish the United States of America a speedy recovery from Joe Biden,” the Florida governor said. DeSantis is expected to throw his name in the hat for the 2024 Presidential election.

You have to love his humor because it’s what we are all thinking. DeSantis also realizes how crucial the November, 2022 midterm elections will be to the Republican Party and the American people.

He told the crowd, “if we get that red wave in the House and in the Senate, and Republicans have majorities, here’s what I think we as voters want to see – we want to see you do something with those majorities.”

He listed the numerous failures under the Biden Administration. If he listed all of them, he’d still be giving his speech.

“We want to see you hold [Biden] and his ilk accountable for what they’re doing at the southern border,” said DeSantis, who has been fighting the administration’s open borders policy.  He also took a shot at Governor Gavin Newsom, D-CA. Newsom, who is failing California,  is expected to be a Democratic contender for the White House in 2024.

“We believe every parent in the state of Florida has a right to send their little kid to elementary school without having radical gender ideology injected into the curriculum,” DeSantis said. “It is totally inappropriate to take some six year old kid and to say, well, ‘You may have been born a boy, but maybe you’re really a girl.’ That is wrong and may fly in California but it does not fly here in the state of Florida.”

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You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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