Conservative outside groups on Wednesday urged House Republicans to vote against legislation providing a path forward for the National Women's History Museum, warning that the museum would "represent the feminist ideology" and would "glorify abortion."
Conservative groups Heritage Action, Susan B. Anthony List, Concerned Women for America, the Eagle Forum, and the Family Research Council all opposed the women's-museum legislation and pushed members to vote against it Wednesday. Heritage Action even alerted Republicans that a "yea" vote would count against them in the group's annual rankings of conservative members.
"Unless the diversity of opinion among American women about our own history is affirmatively addressed and safeguarded by Congress, we urge you to oppose what will without doubt become a shrine to liberal ideology, abortion, and liberal advocates," several of the groups wrote in a joint letter to members. "Women must not be used as an excuse to promote a system of beliefs that ultimately exploits and harms us. Not on our watch."
But the bill passed anyway with a 383-33 vote, and a handful of nays changed their votes to support the measure at the last minute. The party makeup among those voting in favor was split almost equally, with 191 Republicans and 192 Democrats supporting the measure. All 33 members who voted against the bill were Republicans.