Congressman Cline joined every other Republican in the House to vote against the the Women’s Health Protection Act, which “would essentially codify Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision guaranteeing the right to abortion before viability, usually around 22 to 24 weeks.”
In trying to justify his vote, Cline repeated two lies:
- He did not stand for life. He stood for forced birth. If you want to see how rarely Cline stands for the lives of actual living people, check his voting record.
- The Women’s Health Protection Act does not “permit on-demand abortion until birth.” As The Washington Post reports:
Republicans have sought to cast the House measure as extreme and out of step with public opinion, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday denouncing it as a “really radical bill [that] goes beyond Roe v. Wade.”
In cases where a fetus has reached viability, the legislation allows for abortion only “when, in the good-faith medical judgment of the treating health care provider, continuation of the pregnancy would pose a risk to the pregnant patient’s life or health.”
McCarthy falsely interpreted that part of the measure as allowing “abortion on demand, up until birth.”
As did Congressman Cline, who is always willing and eager to repeat a phony Republican talking point.