The now Republican-led US House of Representatives has put abortion near the top of its agenda.
It’s passed pro-life bills in one of the first votes taken by the new Congress.
One requires healthcare workers to provide life-saving care to babies who survive an abortion.
Failing to provide such care would result in fines or jail terms.
The House also approved a measure condemning recent attacks on churches and pro-life facilities and groups.
Nearly 80 crisis pregnancy centres have been targeted since the Supreme Court moved to overturn the Roe v. Wade precedent.
The Christian Post reports the Department of Justice has been criticised for failing to make many arrests.
Reuters summarises that: “After a historic struggle to elect Kevin McCarthy as their speaker, House Republicans used their first legislative week to pass bills on taxes, abortion and energy security that have little to no chance of getting through the Democratic-controlled Senate or being signed into law by Democratic President Joe Biden.”
The news agency writes that: “The bills are meant to provide a political benefit, as Republicans seek to fulfill 2022 campaign promises and formulate plans to capture the Senate and White House in 2024.”
It adds that: “The use of messaging bills is an age-old tactic embraced by Republicans and Democrats alike. In the run-up to the November midterm elections, House Democrats approved legislation on abortion rights and election reform, knowing the bills would never pass the narrowly split Senate.”