This morning, Democratic Congresswoman Louise Slaughter of New York (who's also Co-Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus) delivered a searing speech attacking the 20-week ban, calling it "odious" and pointing out that even the GOP's own female members couldn't stomach it.

The bill that was supposed to come to the floor today, a bill that would have stripped women of their right to constitutionally protected medical care, was so odious and destructive that some women of the Republican conference rebelled against it. It was based on unsound and fictitious science and caused such a meltdown in the Republican Conference that the House Majority pulled it from the floor for fear that it wouldn't pass, but something had to be done: visitors were coming to town for the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe versus Wade. On this day, there are floods of visitors who are here in the nation's Capitol to fight against that ruling, to protest that decision, and to raise their clarion call against a woman's right to choose.


Slaughter also objected to the irregular way that the bill was brought to the floor. It was delivered late at night, she said, and followed virtually none of the normal orders of procedure:

In this current Congress, this bill was not brought to us under regular order. It saw no committee action. It had no hearings, no markups, no witnesses testified in favor or against it, and it came out of the Rules Committee and to the floor today under a closed rule.

This trigger-ready alternative came to us late last night. It seems that the Majority has an endless supply of bills attacking women's health. Can't pass this one? Grab another! Can't pass that one? Grab the next one! Their insistence on attacking women's health seemingly knows no bounds.

Here's a video of Slaughter's full remarks: