It was reported earlier today by the ConservativeBrief that the “…Democrat Party’s plans to create a law to give women the right to abortions nationwide, rather than having states decide abortion laws, has been torpedoed.
Republican Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who says that she supports abortion rights, announced that she opposes the Democrats’ Women’s Health Protection Act, “which would prohibit states from enacting restrictions on abortion through fetal viability,” The Los Angeles Times reported.
The House is expected to approve the bill Friday. In the Senate, Democratic leaders are considering whether to bring it to a vote.Democrats, led by bill author Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, say their legislation would codify the Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.But in a brief interview, Collins said the bill goes further than that by interfering with existing law that ensures health professionals who object to abortion are not required to participate in it.
The Senator has said that while she doe support Roe vs. Wade, she took a moral and political stance against the nature of the legislation, saying “I support codifying Roe. Unfortunately the bill … goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law,” Collins said, adding that she found parts of the bill’s language “extreme.”
ConservativeBrief went on to report that, “She said that the legislation would damage the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which protects people’s ability to practice their religion.about:blank
“This ‘carve out’ would be unprecedented, and I do not believe it is necessary to codify Roe,” she said.
The House is still expected to pass the bill on Friday and Democrat leaders in the Senate “are considering whether to bring it to a vote.”
The debate regarding abortion rights has become a major issue since Republicans in Texas passed an extremely restrictive abortion bill that would allow private citizens to sue anyone involved in abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, and that has Joe Biden’s Justice Department fighting back.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement that his agency will “protect those seeking to obtain or provide reproductive health services” under a federal law referred to as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.”