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H.R. 7715: SOULS Act

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Should abortions count in the U.S. official tally of annual deaths?

Context and what the bill does

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) maintains statistics about U.S. births and deaths. In 2021, it provisionally recorded 3.65 million births and 3.45 million deaths. (Yes, even during the Covid-19 pandemic there were more births than deaths, although population growth did slow to its lowest level ever as a result.)

The exact number of abortions nationwide is unclear. While 47 states report their data to the CDC, California, Maryland, and New Hampshire don’t report theirs. California in particular really throws off the numbers, as it makes up about 12 percent of the U.S. population alone. But the Guttmacher Institute estimates the average annual number of U.S. abortions from 2015–19 at around …

Sponsor and status

Madison Cawthorn

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: May 11, 2022
Length: 2 pages
May 11, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on May 11, 2022

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 11, 2022. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

Other activity may have occurred on another bill with identical or similar provisions.

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May 11, 2022

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H.R. 7715 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 7715. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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