Missouri to become latest state with restrictive abortion ban

Lester Mason
May 18, 2019

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren on Friday called for overhauling federal law to ensure that women continue to have access to abortion amid efforts in states like Alabama and OH to enact bans on the procedure.

"Grateful to Planned Parenthood for continuing to provide essential services in Alabama and elsewhere while helping to fight the state legislative bans on women's human and constitutional rights", the former secretary of state wrote.

These extremist Republican lawmakers know what the law is - but they don't care.

All of this boils down to Roe v Wade, a decision made by the US Supreme Court in 1973, ruling state laws that banned abortions were unconstitutional.

Ms Warren said Congress should require all health care insurance cover abortions.

The plan won praise from women's rights advocates on social media.

Warren also backed "The Women's Health Protection Act", a proposed bill that would block state laws known as "Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers", or TRAP laws, that limit abortion access but "do not technically" violate Roe v. Wade, she said. Many of these bills are a direct affront to Black women and women of color who lack access to sufficient health care due to income inequality and health care access through full-time employment. They would also prohibit states from "interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services".

"Our democracy should not be held hostage by right-wing courts, and women should not have to hope that Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump's Supreme Court will respect the law", she said.

Elizabeth Warren is calling for Democrats to enshrine the right to abortion in federal statute, repeal the Hyde Amendment, and reverse the Trump administration's domestic gag rule. "But this isn't a moment to back down - it's time to fight back". She cited a 2018 NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing that 71 percent of Americans believe the decision should not be overturned, including 52 percent of Republicans. The only legal option for those seeking an abortion would be if the pregnant person's life were at risk, and doctors who perform an "illegal" abortion would face decades in prison. The presidential hopeful also joined several of her Democratic primary rivals in urging the rollback of a 1976 restriction on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except for cases of rape, incest or pregnancies that imperil the life of a mother. He also voted to let states overturn Roe v. Wade, although he later reversed position, as the New York Times recently laid out in an article on Biden's evolution on abortion.

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