The House of Representatives passed a bill to prevent women from seeking an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill has zero chance of becoming a law due to the fact that the Senate is controlled by Democrats and President Obama has already stated that he will veto it if it miraculously gets to his desk.
Abortion rights are an issue to be left to the states. As a proud conservative, I am convinced that neither the legislative, executive or, as in Roe v. Wade, judicial branch of the federal government are entrusted by the Constitution or well-equipped to tackle this deeply divisive point.
The House GOP, undoubtedly motivated by the far right wing of the party, seems to forget the mantra of "small government" whenever the abortion question is brought up. This strategy is a long-term loser for our party.
In this instance, not only is the bill dead on arrival and therefore a waste of time, it has actually cost the GOP precious political capital. Inevitably, during the debate on the doomed bill, one of the esteemed members of my party, the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Trent Franks, R – Ariz., blurted out his belief that "the incidences of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low." Statements like this are perfect fodder for Democrats in courting women voters.
The GOP should spend time tackling issues that (a) are the purview of the federal government, which abortion is not, (b) have a chance to be resolved between the House, Senate and president and (c) put our party in a favorable light. The anti–abortion bill passed by the House on Tuesday fits none of the above categories, and therefore was not a productive use of time by the GOP or, for that matter, the House of Representatives.