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House to vote on abortion rights bill after Supreme Court declines to block restrictive Texas law

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote on a reproductive rights bill after the Supreme Court declined to block a restrictive Texas abortion law.
  • The Senate, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, is unlikely to pass the legislation.
  • The Texas law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy and allows private citizens to sue providers.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, August 25, 2021.Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

The House will vote on a reproductive rights bill when it returns later this month, following the Supreme Court's refusal to block one of the country's most restrictive abortion laws that took effect in Texas this week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.

The Democratic-held chamber plans to take up the Women's Health Protection Act after lawmakers come back to Washington on Sept. 20. The legislation, led in the House by Democratic Rep. Judy Chu of California, would establish the legal right to abortion nationwide and prevent states from putting medically unnecessary restrictions on the procedures.

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