Running off the boost of their newly-minted Senate majority, the GOP is going hard after abortion rights, introducing five new abortion restrictions designed to severely limit a woman’s access to the procedure.
From The Huffington Post:
Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Monday reintroduced a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which the GOP-controlled House already passed once in 2013. And Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) introduced four bills on Wednesday that would bar Planned Parenthood from receiving federal family planning funds, require all abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, ban abortions performed on the basis of gender, and allow hospitals, doctors and nurses to refuse to provide or participate in abortion care for women, even in cases of emergency.
Condemning the newly proposed measures, Planned Parenthood released a statement on Thursday, saying that it’s just another example of the GOP trying to wrestle away a woman’s ability to make her own medical decisions:
“The public wants Congress to protect women’s health, not interfere in women’s personal medical decisions,” Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Cecile Richards said in a statement, “Which means making sure all forms of birth control are affordable, women can get preventive care at Planned Parenthood and other trusted providers, and abortion remains safe and legal.”
“The Republican Congress is like Groundhog’s Day,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “Just as they did in 2010, anti-choice Republicans hid their agenda on the campaign trail by promising to work to address the economy or the numerous other issues. But the Republican leadership can only hide their true colors and real priorities for a nanosecond once Congress convenes.”
The bill would ban abortions two to four weeks earlier than the fetus would be viable outside the womb, which is in direct violation of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, where the court ruled that women have the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy up until out-of-the-womb viability.