Updated: May 17, 2019 / 12:05 p.m.
On Friday, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has called for the restructuring of the federal law to ensure that all women continue to have access to abortion amid the current efforts in states such as Alabama and Ohio to enact bans on the procedure.
“This is a dark moment,” Warren, who is also running for president, stated in a post Friday morning outlining her new proposal. “People are scared and angry. And they are right to be. But this isn’t a moment to back down – it’s time to fight back.”
Warren said that Congress should enact new laws that reinforce the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision which legalized the right to have an abortion. A new law should go farther to prohibit states from “interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them.”
Warren also would like Congress to enact laws that invalidate state rules that were put into place as near-impossible regulations on abortion clinics. Many states have enacted statutes that have put all clinics out of business.
She would also want to prohibit states from having limited access to medications that are used to perform abortions.
Warren also said that Congress should require that all healthcare insurance providers cover abortion procedures. However, Republicans have opposed this idea, imposing rules that prohibit government-backed insurance providers from covering abortion-related services and trying to limit the ability of private insurers to do so.
Warren also added that Congress should consider going beyond abortion and ensuring access to birth control, comprehensive sex education, and care for pregnant women.
“We must build a future that protects the right of all women to have children, the right of all women to not have children, and the right to bring children up in a safe and healthy environment,” Warren stated.