Rep. Trent Franks is the sponsor of legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia.
Abortion-rights groups are mobilizing their own offensive, calling Franks’ bill an “assault” on women in the District of Columbia that extends to women everywhere.
NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Abortion Federation have sent out action alerts to supporters nationally, and Democrats who don’t have a direct stake in D.C. affairs — including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and women of the Congressional Black Caucus — have also spoken out against Franks’ bill.
Norton said she expects these allies will continue to make noise in advance of Tuesday’s markup.
“This markup was fully expected, and we are fully prepared,” she said Friday. “If Republicans want to make abortion the big issue, we’re ready for them.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.