WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Lawmaker Expands D.C. Anti-Abortion Bill Nationwide

Play associated audio
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, shown here at a D.C. budget protest in December, is speaking out against a bill introduced Feb. 20 that would restrict certain abortions in the District of Columbia.
Markette Smith
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, shown here at a D.C. budget protest in December, is speaking out against a bill introduced Feb. 20 that would restrict certain abortions in the District of Columbia.

D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is claiming a victory for pro-choice advocates in the District.

A bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in D.C. is now being extended to the entire nation. Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks says he decided to make the change after Kermit Gosnell, an abortion doctor in Pennsylvania, was recently convicted of murder.

Holmes Norton predicts it will be easier to defeat the effort now that it's aimed at women across the nation.

"One of our major concerns was the focus exclusively on us," she says. "We couldn't imagine a principled reason for that; we could only see a tactical reason, the easy way out. They hoped without arousing the rest of the country, was to go after the District. Well, we made it our business to arouse the rest of the country."

Holmes Norton was initially scheduled to testify this week on Frank's D.C. bill, an opportunity she was denied last year. But she says she may not need to testify now that it doesn't single out District residents.

"Their release says they are, quote expanding the bill, in which case it would not be a D.C. bill any longer," she says. "That was the basis on which I asked for, and this time got the right to testify."

The legislation is coming before the Judiciary subcommittee on the Constitution on Thursday. A companion bill in the Senate will remain focused solely on abortion laws in the District.

NPR

In Tom Wolfe's 'Kingdom,' Speech Is The One Weird Trick

In Tom Wolfe's first book of nonfiction in 16 years, he argues that the development of speech, not evolution, has made humans what we are today — evolution, he says, applies only to animals.
NPR

After Italy Quakes, Food World Delivers Support To Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

Amatrice was set to host the 50th celebration of pasta all'Amatriciana famously made there, but this week's earthquake devastated the town. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with food blogger Jeremy Cherfas.
NPR

In A Change Of Tone, Trump Reaches Out To Black And Hispanic Voters

In an effort to reach out to minority voters, Trump met with a group of Black and Hispanic leaders on Thursday. Scott Simon speaks with Pastor Mark Burns, who's supported Trump since the primaries.
WAMU 88.5

Want To Play Video Games Made In D.C.? Here's Your Chance.

An event called District Arcade brings together 23 locally made video games.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.