By Wes Duplantier
The U.S. House of Representatives gave approval Tuesday to a controversial abortion bill that would ban the procedure in almost all cases where the fetus is older than 20 weeks.
The measure cleared the House in a 228-196 vote Tuesday night, mostly along party lines. All five of Connecticut's representatives voted against it. As the Chamber took up the bill, both women in Connecticut's congressional delegation put out statements strongly condemning the legislation.
Fifth District Democratic Candidate Elizabeth Esty
"It's offensive and, frankly, sad that House GOP leaders are once again debating one of our most fundamental rights as women," Esty said Tuesday. "This legislation is a direct challenge to our reproductive rights. It's contemptuous towards women's health. And, it is a tremendous waste of time when we have serious work to do."
Democratic President Barack Obama has said that he would veto the bill, if it passes Congress. That's seems unlikely as leaders in the Democrat-controlled Senate have also signaled their opposition to the measure.
"This blatantly unconstitutional legislation threatens the health and basic rights of women all over America," DeLauro said. "Right now, we should be working to create jobs and grow the economy. Instead, here we are again with the Majority trying to insert their extreme and divisive ideological preferences into law. This bill puts the federal government squarely between a woman and her doctor.
The Associated Press reports that 11 states have similar measures on their statute books.