Warren un­veils abor­tion plat­form fol­low­ing new laws

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Elana Schor

WASH­ING­TON >> El­iz­a­beth Warren is call­ing for a se­ries of tar­geted mea­sures de­signed to safe­guard abor­tion rights fol­low­ing a flurry of new state laws that dra­mat­i­cally re­strict women’s abil­ity to ter­mi­nate preg­nan­cies, moves Democrats have de­cried as a planned ef­fort to chip away at the land­mark Roe v. Wade de­ci­sion.

Warren’s abor­tion rights plat­form, re­leased Fri­day by her Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, cen­ters on the es­tab­lish­ment of “af­fir­ma­tive, statu­tory rights” that would “block states from in­ter­fer­ing in the abil­ity of a health care provider to pro­vide med­i­cal care, in­clud­ing abor­tion ser­vices,” and sets sim­i­lar re­stric­tions on states’ power to block pa­tients from get­ting med­i­cal care, in­clud­ing abor­tions.

Her pro­pos­als come as Mis­souri joins Alabama, Ge­or­gia and other states in ad­vanc­ing laws that limit abor­tion ac­cess — with Alabama’s law draw­ing skep­ti­cism from some anti-abor­tion Repub­li­cans as too dra­co­nian, given its lack of an ex­cep­tion for cases of rape or in­cest.

“The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans have no de­sire to re­turn to the world be­fore Roe v. Wade,” Warren said in an on­line post an­nounc­ing her ideas. “And so the time to act is now.”

The se­na­tor from Mas­sachusetts also urged pas­sage of leg­is­la­tion that would stop states from pass­ing con­straints on

abor­tion providers that are built to avoid vi­o­lat­ing the 1973 Roe de­ci­sion, in which the Supreme Court rec­og­nized the con­sti­tu­tional right to an abor­tion. Back­ers of the Alabama law have de­scribed it as a con­scious at­tempt to get the Supreme Court to re­visit and po­ten­tially over­turn Roe.

An­other el­e­ment of Warren’s abor­tion-rights pro­posal urges pas­sage of leg­is­la­tion that would pre­vent the govern­ment from im­pos­ing abor­tion­re­lated re­stric­tions on pri­vate health in­sur­ers. 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.

Warren also pushed for the re­jec­tion of lim­i­ta­tions on abor­tion ac­cess pro­posed by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing a rule that would block cer­tain fed­er­ally funded clin­ics from pro­vid­ing coun­sel re­gard­ing abor­tions as part of the fam­ily plan­ning process.

She’s not the first Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date to call for the cod­i­fi­ca­tion of Roe’s rul­ing on abor­tion rights into law, an idea that would face sig­nif­i­cant re­sis­tance from con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jer­sey and Kirsten Gil­li­brand of New York also have en­dorsed the cod­i­fi­ca­tion of abor­tion rights, while Pete But­tigieg, mayor of South Bend, In­di­ana, said Thurs­day that such a move “de­serves to be taken se­ri­ously.”

CLIFF OWEN — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen. El­iz­a­beth Warren, D-Mass., ad­dresses a cam­paign rally at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in Fair­fax, Va., Thurs­day.

CLIFF OWEN — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Sen. El­iz­a­beth Warren, D-Mass., poses for a photo with Duke Okonda, 6, from Fair­fax, Va., af­ter ad­dress­ing a cam­paign rally at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in Fair­fax, Thurs­day.

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