House Republicans pass ‘pro-life’ measure on anniversary of Roe v. Wade
WASHINGTON — With tens of thousands participating in the annual March for Life on Thursday, House Republican leaders had hoped to send a strong signal of pro-life support by adopting a 20-week abortion ban similar to one already on the books in Arkansas. That didn’t happen.
The bill was shelved — because of concerns raised within the GOP caucus — and instead the House took up a bill to permanently bar federal funds for any abortion coverage. The bill, which would also block tax credits for many buying abortion coverage under the Affordable Care Act, was approved, 242-179.
The Arkansas delegation voted for the bill and was supportive of the 20-week abortion ban.