Abortion foes push new bills in Congress and the states

Anti-abortion activists stage a "die-in" in front of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. Buoyed by conservative gains in the November 2014 election, the anti-abortion movement is busy mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several state legislatures that would further curtail women's access to the procedure. Thursday marks the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that established a nationwide right to abortion. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several states that would further curtail women’s access to the procedure.

On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and concerns in conjunction with Thursday’s anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Coinciding with the annual March for Life in Washington, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives plans a debate Thursday on a bill that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill is expected to pass in the House, but its prospects in the Senate are uncertain, and President Barack Obama has promised a veto.

Several proposed bills at the state level may have better prospects.


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