Elizabeth Warren wants new federal laws to protect abortion rights amid new state restrictions
Added 05-17-19 10:22:02am EST - “Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday said Congress should pass new laws to protect abortion rights in the wake of newly passed restrictions in Alabama and other states.” - Washingtontimes.com
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday said Congress should pass new laws to protect abortion rights in the wake of newly passed restrictions in Alabama and other states.
The 2020 presidential candidate from Massachusetts said establishing federal statutory rights to abortion services would pre-empt state restrictions, like those approved in states like Alabama, Georgia and Ohio.
“Because these federal protections would be valid on a variety of constitutional grounds — including equal protection and the commerce clause — they would ensure that choice would remain the law of the land even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe,” she said in a Medium post, referring to the court’s 1973 ruling that generally legalized abortion in the country.
Ms. Warren also called to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which generally bars federal money from being used to fund abortions.
She also called for federal laws that would preempt state efforts to limit access to abortion services, either geographically or otherwise, and said she wants to guarantee “reproductive health coverage” as part of all health coverage.
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