Lawmakers Attempt To Revive Roe v. Wade

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( Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), and Susan Collins (R-Maine) has reintroduced a bill looking to codify abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. On Tuesday, President Biden during the State of the Union address urged Congress to pass legislation that would protect abortion rights.

The Reproductive Freedom for All Act was originally introduced in August and aimed to block any states who wanted to impose an “undue burden” on pre-viability abortions or block access to contraception. Kaine at the time had called it a “bipartisan compromise” that would help protect reproductive freedom.

In 2022, the Democrats made several attempts to have legislation that would ensure access to abortions from federal law, but none of these attempts were successful in the evenly split Senate. Republicans have frequently objected to the bills proposed noting that they were “over-encompassing.”

Sinema, who recently switched her party affiliation, and Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) both opposed the abolition of the filibuster in order for the laws to pass.

However, two bills were approved last year which were aiming to protect abortion access. The Women’s Health Protection Act and the Ensuring Women’s Right to Reproductive Freedom Act were both passed through Congress. The latter bill which would protect the right of individuals to travel to a different state in order to get abortion services was also supported by a few GOP lawmakers.

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