U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski voted with the GOP majority in backing a House measure that would place more restrictions on women seeking abortions.
The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed 228-196 along party lines. Walorski, in touting the hot-button measure in a House address prior to Tuesday evening’s vote, reiterated her views.
“I believe it’s critical for Congress to act today to protect human life and treat women and the unborn children with the protections they deserve from the dangers of late-term abortions,” Walorski said. The Republican from Elkhart said it’s “our responsibility to protect the most vulnerable who cannot protect themselves.”
The measure is not expected to gain traction in the Democrat-led Senate, according to the Associated Press. Likewise, the White House issued a statement Monday threatening to veto it, calling it “an assault on a woman’s right to choose.”
Per the bill, most abortions would be prohibited 20 weeks after fertilization, though there are certain exceptions, such as when an abortion is necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. Most states, according to USA Today, allow abortions up to about 24 weeks of pregnancy, when the fetus is typically viable.
Walorski, serving her first term in the U.S. House, is a staunch anti-abortion advocate. During her campaign last year, she said she opposes abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger.