'It's Time to Fight Back.' Elizabeth Warren Unveils Her Stra
Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it#8217s time to #8220fight back#8221 against restrictive abortion laws recently passed in several states around the country mdash and has presented her plan for how to do it.
On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed a bill that essentially outlaws all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest. On Thursday, Missouri#8217s state Senate passed a bill that would ban abortions at eight weeks gestation. Earlier this year, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and Mississippi passed #8220heartbeat bills#8221 that effectively prohibit abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is when doctors can normally begin to detect a fetal heartbeat. Additionally, Arkansas and Utah voted to limit abortions to the middle of the second trimester.
In a post published on Medium Friday morning, Warren argues that #8220access to quality reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion, is essential to a womanrsquos health and economic security, but systemic barriers have made it especially difficult for low-income women and women of color to get the access to reproductive care they need.#8221
Part of her strategy to fix that, she explains, is for Congress to pass new laws to make it harder for states to pass stricter legislation.
#8220Congress should pass new federal laws that protect access to reproductive care from right-wing ideologues in the states. Federal laws that ensure real access to birth control and abortion care for all women. Federal laws that will stand no matter what the Supreme Court does,#8221 the Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 candidate wrote.
She advocates for new federal laws that would prohibit states from interfering in the ability of a health care provider to perform abortion services, and ones that bar states from interfering in individuals#8217 abilities to access abortion services. Further, she calls on Congress to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which blocks women from using federally funded healthcare programs, like Medicaid, to access abortions.
The blog post also advocates for revoking a controversial Trump administration rule, which a judge has temporarily blocked, that would bar healthcare facilities that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal funds for family planning.
This is just the latest of several recent Warren proposals. Since she announced she was running for president in February, shersquos put out a slew of policy plans, including granting extremely low-income families free childcare, erasing student loan debt impacting millions of Americans, rewarding hospitals that would make childbirth safer for African-American women, and addressing the opioid crisis in America. Earlier this week, she also released a proposal that seeks to limit the influence of lobbyists on the Department of Defense.