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Call Your House Rep and Oppose H.R. 490, an Abortion Ban Bill

Call your member of the House of Representatives to oppose H.R. 490, a bill that would ban abortion as soon as a heartbeat is detected.

The bill was introduced on January 12 by Iowa congressman Steve King. Banning abortion after a heartbeat is detected effectively bans abortion; it’s possible to pick up a heartbeat as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, a time when many women don’t even realize they’re pregnant.

H.R. 490 is similar to the “heartbeat bill” that Ohio governor John Kasich recently vetoed. (Instead, he signed a second problematic bill prohibiting abortions after 20 weeks.)

Don’t know who your house rep is? Go to Your Toolkit and see the post about finding your three Congressional representatives.

Is your house rep on the House Judiciary Committee? Then it’s extra-important that you call to oppose this bill. Check the list of committee members below before you call.

Sample script: “I am (Firstname Lastname) from (town, zipcode), and I am calling to ask Representative (Lastname) to vote against H.R. 490, introduced by Steve King. It would prohibit abortion in cases where a fetal heartbeat can be detected. In essence, it would outlaw abortion, which is unconstitutional. I will be watching to see how Representative (Lastname) will vote on this bill.”


Actual text of the bill here:


King’s bill hasn’t yet received attention from the Washington Post or the New York Times. It’s entirely possible that King introduces an anti-abortion bill like this one in every new Congress, and the bill goes nowhere. OTYCD is breaking with precedent and posting about H.R. 490, even though preferred sources haven’t discussed it, because of Trump’s stated disdain for reproductive rights, and because defending reproductive rights was a main theme of Saturday’s Women’s marches.


Rewire, an outlet devoted to covering stories about reproductive rights, discussed H.R. 490 here:


New York magazine piece on the bill here (from its The Cut blog):