The Democrats are defending Roe v. Wade as the basis of women’s rights, but their bill to make it into law does not contain the word “woman,” and only uses the term in the title.
The effort to regulate Roe began as a means of keeping one of Joe Biden’s election promises, which was to urge Congress to pass a law making abortion legal nationwide in the event that a conservative Supreme Court ruled against the landmark 1973 decision allowing for a “right” to abortion.
Since the release of a majority opinion by Justice Samuel Alito striking down Roe in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case, the need for that promise has become more pressing.
But the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2021, which was intended to codify Roe v. Wade, went even further. It also included significant changes in gender policy, including the assertion that biological women who identify as transgender men may get pregnant:
This bill uses the words “woman” and “women” to describe the majority of individuals targeted and affected by limitations on abortion services, as well as to confront head-on the targeted restrictions on abortion, which are based on misogyny. However, every person capable of getting pregnant has the right to access safe abortions. “This Act is intended to safeguard all individuals who are capable of pregnancy, including cisgender women, transgender men, non-binary people, persons who identify with a different gender, and others, against restrictions on abortion procedures that are unjustly imposed upon them.”
Also, the legislation included several far-reaching provisions on “reproductive justice,” which it referred to as a battle against “white supremacy.”
The Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022, according to Byron York of the Washington Examiner, included no traces of the original legislation’s extremist “roots.” The new law, on the other hand, didn’t contain the term “woman” at all.
In many areas, the 2021 bill is a naked, exposed version of today’s Democratic Party. It’s chock-full of terms that repel voters in the middle of the political spectrum — Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike. And it’s because of this that the Supreme Court leak has forced abortion to the forefront of the policy debate, as well as midterm elections on the way. Democrats have scrubbed all those phrases from the 2021 draft of the bill.
That nonsense about “Reproductive Justice” and “BIPOC?” It’s over. It’s gone. Nonbinary people? They’re no longer there. White supremacy? You won’t find it now. Because the Democratic Party understands that the public will be watching as a result of the Supreme Court leak, they don’t want their beliefs on abortion to be exposed.