March 4, 2022

Bishops’ chairmen relieved bill that would codify Roe v. Wade fails in Senate

Criterion staff report

The chairmen of two U.S. bishops’ committees said it was a “tremendous relief” that the U.S. Senate voted on Feb. 28 against advancement of an abortion-related bill that would have codified Roe v. Wade.

Women’s Health Protection Act, H.R. 3755, would have imposed abortion on demand nationwide at any stage of pregnancy through federal statute and would have eliminated pro-life laws at every level of government—including parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections specific to abortion facilities. The vote was 46-48 with six senators not voting.

H.R. 3755 also would have compelled all Americans to support abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars and would have also likely forced health care providers and professionals to perform, assist in, and/or refer for abortion against their deeply-held beliefs, as well as forced employers and insurers to cover or pay for abortion.

“The failure to advance this extreme measure today is a tremendous relief. We must respect and support mothers, their unborn children, and the consciences of all Americans. Passing H.R. 3755 would have led to the loss of millions of unborn lives and left countless women to suffer from the physical and emotional trauma of abortion,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chairman of the Committee for Religious Liberty, in a joint statement.

“Rather than providing comprehensive material and social support for a challenging pregnancy, H.R. 3755 fails women and young girls in need by instead offering a free abortion as the ‘solution’ to their difficulty,” they continued. “Women deserve better than this. We implore Congress to promote policies that recognize the value and human dignity of both mother and child.” †

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