Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims gave an impassioned speech this week on the state House floor, opposing legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless deemed absolutely necessary, the Friendly Atheist reports.
Sims, an attorney, was speaking out against House Bill 1948, which would limit the abortion ban to 20 weeks instead of the current 24 weeks. It would also sharply curtail the use of the often-safest abortion technique for mothers after the first trimester, known as “dilation and evacuation,” PennLive reports.
Under the new law, it would be re-termed “dismemberment abortion” and banned except in cases where the mother is at risk of dying or having severe impairments as a result of not having it.
“I implored you then as I do now — as an attorney, as a civil rights advocate, and as a legislator that has sworn to uphold the Constitution and not the Bible or any other religious document — to see this legislation for what it actually is,” Sims told state lawmakers. “An end around the U.S. Supreme Court and the Constitution that is beneath this body.”
He added, “This legislation does nothing to create jobs, does nothing to fill schools, to alleviate economic or financial pressures. It doesn’t fund our infrastructure, support our small businesses, or create a better future for the Commonwealth. What this bill does is attack the very citizens and voters who created this government.”
Sims then told the story of a woman who was forced to get an abortion at the 20-week mark because the fetus had catastrophic and deadly birth defects that essentially closed off the trachea from the rest of the body, causing the body to swell.
“Legislators like each of us in this room have absolutely no business making personal medical decisions for other people,” Sims implored. “Virtually every person in this room has had to make a major medical decision for themselves or for a loved one. Now imagine having to come here. Each of you, imagine having to stand at this podium and implore this room to allow you to make a personal medical decision for yourself or for a loved one.”
Watch the video, as posted to YouTube, here:
GOP lawmaker smacked down after suggesting impeachment is only for capital crimes
On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "All In," Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) tried to argue that impeachment is only intended for when presidents commit capital crimes — and was immediately corrected by anchor Chris Hayes.
"I saw an earlier interview you gave to Chuck Todd where you didn’t think this was, so far, from what you’ve heard of, the level of impeachable behavior," said Hayes. "I’m curious what you view the standard as the Constitution sets out for you as being high crimes and treason and misdemeanor."
"Crimes that are subject to the penalty of death is essentially what the Constitution is to me indicating with impeachment," said Reed. "And this whole claim of bribery, the American people aren’t stupid, Chris. This is not going to sustain the review of the American people, and they’re the ultimate ones who are going to judge this because I don’t see this becoming an impeachable subject to the removal of the president."
WATCH LIVE: Trump holds campaign rally to shore up GOP support in Louisiana
One day after the first televised impeachment hearing, President Donald Trump traveled to Louisiana for a campaign rally.
The rally is being held at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, which has a 14,000 seat capacity.
On Saturday, November 16th, voters will travel to the pools to choose between Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) and Trump's pick, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone.
Former GOP lawmaker criticizes his party’s impeachment stance: They ‘seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts’
On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former FBI official and Nevada Republican state Sen. Greg Brower broke down one of his key frustrations with how his party is handling the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.
"I'm a Republican who has never agreed with everything in the Republican Party platform. Most of it I did, and that's why I was a Republican elected official, and felt comfortable as one, but things have changed," said Brower. "I guess what I'm most surprised at is the number of Republicans, both in Congress and just out there in the country, who seem to be okay with not knowing all the facts, who seem to be okay with the president directing witnesses who clearly have information relevant to this inquiry, directing them to not cooperate and testify."