Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey — one of the GOP’s leading anti-abortion voices who has said the issue was what inspired him to run for office — said he plans to scale back his abortion ban. proposed abortion from 20 weeks to 15 weeks in light of the Supreme Court removing the constitutional right to abortion.
Smith is the main sponsor of “The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which would ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. The bill already passed the House when Republicans were in power, and the GOP has singled out the measure as one bill it would like to bring back if it regains control of the chamber in the year. next.
But Smith said he planned to make the ban stricter.
“We’re working on something along those lines,” Smith said when asked by CNN about a national abortion ban. “I have the Pain Capable at 20 weeks. We’re going to lower it to 15. There are all kinds of ideas in there.
“But we don’t have the capacity at this stage to overcome a veto or an obstruction,” he added.
In anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, House Republicans began discussing the anti-abortion bills they would put on the floor if they won a majority and used recent meetings of the gone behind closed doors to discuss their message and strategy on abortion.
CNN reported that earlier this month, leader of anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List addressed a House GOP conference meeting, where she spoke to members about how to communicate on the issue. and encouraged members to take progressive steps to ban abortion if they win a majority.
Along with the 20-week ban bill, there is also a tougher measure in the House that would ban abortions once heart activity is detected, which has more than 100 Republican co-sponsors in the House.
House Republicans, however, have been reluctant to push for tougher nationwide abortion bans and should instead focus their messaging on calling for a ban on so-called late-term abortions, which are rare. . But Republicans feel like it’s a more popular message and the polls are on their side when it comes to late-term abortions.