After the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold the Texas Heartbeat Law, the Biden Administration is shamelessly revealing itself again to be rabidly anti-life as they push the Women’s “Health” Protection Act—an act that a legal scholar at The Hill is now saying is far more radical than Roe. Students for Life of America expected nothing less of the conniving abortion lobby.
In an op-ed cleverly entitled, “The Perils of Plan Bs: White House Push to ‘Codify Roe’ Goes Far Beyond the Status Quo,” Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, makes the case that the WHPA is not about codifying Roe v. Wade—no, it’s way worse than that.
Turley writes, “While widely portrayed in the media as codifying Roe v. Wade, this legislation actually goes far beyond the current precedent of the Supreme Court and would effectively wipe out many state laws and state authority on abortion.”
In order to fully understand just how badly the Biden Administration is trying to pull the wool over our eyes by calling WHPA “the codification of Roe,” we must understand the monumental difference between Roe v. Wade and the WHPA. Roe barrs states from imposing an “undue burden” on the right to have an abortion, while the WHPA’s provisions go beyond this, reading “like a progressive wish-list based on pages of legislative ‘findings,’” Turley says.
One of the offensive provisions of the WHPA is the provision that laws which require/cause “a trip to the offices of a health care provider that would not otherwise be required” are considered an impediment to the right of abortion. This sneaky provision clearly seems to have the purpose of stopping a state from restricting chemical abortion pills being sent through the mail without a doctor’s visit beforehand.
On that same note, Turley also finds that the WHPA could also strike down laws that require the involvement of licensed physicians since the “the key “health care provider” definition includes a “certified nurse-midwife, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant.” Somehow, having a licensed physician involved is considered impedimentary—which is ridiculous, of course. Even from the misplaced viewpoint that abortion is an innocuous medical procedure, this makes no sense. Since when was it considered an impediment to your health to be examined by a doctor? (Not that we are giving abortionists the credit of being called doctors; they surrendered that honorable title when they started taking lives instead of saving them.)
These provisions do not at all seem directed towards women’s health or empowerment—but that is besides the point. The bigger issue is that the abortion lobby is lying to us once again, as it is a total farce to call the WHPA the “codification of Roe v. Wade,” and our current presidential administration is in the thick of it.
Our sister organization, Students for Life Action, has previously called out the Biden Administration for their pro-abortion involvement, including most recently condemning their decision to take Texas to court over the Texas Heartbeat Law and creating a horrendous budget that failed to add Hyde protections. SFLAction also has held a protest outside the Catholic institution, Mount St. Joseph University, to protest Biden claiming to be Catholic while denying the sanctity of life.
This is why people complain about politicians lying—because saying that the WHPA is the codification of Roe v. Wade is just that: a lie. But honestly, did we really expect anything else from the abortion lobby? Dishonesty for personal gain is just how they roll.
The Pro-Life Generation needs to speak up concerning the WHPA. We know that it’s not about the codification of Roe v. Wade, and it’s certainly not about protecting women. But that’s not what the White House wants America to think, and it is up to us to spread the word.
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