D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton said she resents that an abortion measure that passed the House Judiciary Committee is being targeted just at the District.
“Every pregnancy is different and every woman has to be able to make a decision that is right for herself and her family,” said Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.). “We hear a lot about government overreach here ... [except] when it comes to a woman’s intimate, personal and sometimes impossibly difficult decisions.”
With the NRLC pledging to “score” the vote, the bill is likely to be scheduled for House floor consideration. It is highly unlikely, however, that the bill will be taken up in the Senate or signed into law by President Barack Obama.
Norton said she and her allies will continue to fight the bill.
“We never doubted that the bill will get nowhere in the Senate, but we would never rest on that,” she said. “We, above all, resent to our core that we were used.”
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.