The House passed the measure on nearly a party-line vote, with Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas voting with Republicans against the measure. The vote was 218-211.
On Friday ahead of the vote, Pelosi framed the Supreme Court’s decision as bringing “shame to the United States Supreme Court.”
“Today’s vote has been a long time coming,” Democratic Rep. Judy Chu, the lead sponsor of the bill, said on Friday ahead of the vote, citing the long list of maneuvers that states made to restrict a woman’s right to an abortion. “It’s clear that we need one unified federal response to all of these attacks.”
“This is the first Congress that can make that claim,” Pelosi said of the pro-abortion rights nature of this Congress.
Despite being unable to pass any sort of legislation through Congress to counteract strict abortion laws across the country, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Thursday it will have its first hearing to examine the Texas six-week abortion ban.
Most House Republicans don’t support the legislation and are expected to vote against it.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, railed against House Democrats for even putting it to a vote on Friday during his weekly press conference.
“What the Democrats are bringing before us, it’s really a radical bill. It goes beyond Roe V. Wade. It allows abortion on demand up until birth. It shows how far left Democrats have become,” McCarthy said. “Regardless of how you feel about the situation, that is not the place I believe Americans are at. But they are going to spend their time pushing that onto the floor.”
This story and headline has been updated with additional developments Friday.