Republicans are launching a multi-pronged strategy to try to keep “late-term abortions” in the spotlight, a thorny political issue that they hope will put vulnerable Democrats in a tough spot and excite their conservative base.
It’s a move that House Republicans are pushing in part to capitalize on comments President Donald Trump made during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, when he used the high-profile platform to call for legislation banning abortions later in a pregnancy.
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) unveiled a resolution on Wednesday that would require babies who survive attempted abortions to receive medical care. The pair will then file a discharge petition in 30 legislative days to circumvent leadership and force floor action on the issue if it gets 218 signatures.