IT WAS JUST two weeks ago that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was observing to us the misguided tendency of some of his colleagues to meddle in the local affairs of the District of Columbia. He noted that, as chairman of the House committee with oversight over the District, he has to fend off efforts from representatives who come to Washington and want to be its “mini-mayors.” Imagine then our surprise to see Mr. Issa co-sponsoring a noxious measure that would impose stringent restrictions on abortions performed in the city. Hypocrisy knows no bounds when it comes to the rights of D.C. citizens.
“The District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), would prohibit abortions beyond the 20th week after fertilization. Modeled after laws in Nebraska, Kansas, Idaho, Oklahoma and Alabama, the bill is being pushed by the National Right to Life Committee, which, as the Hill reported, hopes to do election-year damage to President Obama and congressional Democrats by forcing them to take a potentially dangerous stand. According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, the bill is the first time a post-20-week abortion ban has been introduced in Congress.