You may have heard that Republicans were aiming to vote for a 20-week abortion ban on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Some Republican Congresswomen took issue with the bill, particularly with the limited rape exception. The political repercussions, they feared, would be damaging to the party. Congressional leadership abandoned plans for the vote, and focused instead on H.R. 7, which
… would prohibit insurance plans sold in the new health care exchanges from covering abortion, and it would eliminate tax benefits for small businesses that purchase insurance plans covering abortion. The bill would also prevent the District of Columbia from using its own locally raised funds to subsidize abortion care for low-income women.
That bill passed. Some pro-life and conservative voices are not at all happy, however, that the 20-week abortion ban was shelved. Their ire (and vitriol) has come to focus on the Republican congresswomen who voiced concerns with the bill. One of those targets is North Carolina congresswoman Renee Ellmers (below). Which is strange since, as Joan Walsh at Salon notes, Ellmers is hardly the archetype of a woman’s rights activist.