Senators Collins and Murkowski have introduced their own bill to codify Supreme Court decisions on reproductive rights: Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey
In contrast to the sweeping Women’s Health Protection Act, the Reproductive Choice Act would simply codify Roe, Casey protections
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of today’s sure-to-fail Senate vote on partisan legislation that is substantively the same as the bill that the Senate rejected on a bipartisan basis in February, Senator Collins released the following statement:
“I support codifying the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey. That’s not what the Women’s Health Protection Act would do,” said Senator Collins. “Unlike some far-left activists, Senator Murkowski and I want the law today to be the law tomorrow. That’s why we introduced legislation in February that would enshrine the important Roe and Casey protections into law without undercutting statutes that have been in place for decades and without eliminating basic conscience protections that are relied upon by health care providers who have religious objections to performing abortions.
“Contrary to claims from Senate Democratic leaders that their bill would not infringe upon the religious rights of individuals and religious institutions, the WHPA explicitly invalidates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in connection with abortion and supersedes other longstanding, bipartisan conscience laws, including provisions in the Affordable Care Act, that protect health care providers who choose not to offer abortion services for moral or religious reasons.
“After today’s vote fails, I plan to continue working with my colleagues on legislation to maintain – not expand or restrict – the current legal framework for abortion rights in this country.”
U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced legislation in February that would codify the abortion rights established by Roe v. Wade (1973) and affirmed by Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992). A motion to proceed to the Women’s Health Protection Act failed in February (46-48).
The Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) goes far beyond what is necessary to codify the abortion rights in Roe and Casey. For example:
By contrast, the Reproductive Choice Act (RCA) closely tracks the Supreme Court’s decisions in Roe and Casey and would provide reassurance to women that the reproductive rights they have relied on for nearly 50 years will continue to be the law of the land. It does not include any of the extraneous and over-reaching provisions in WHPA. In particular, the RCA:
Click HERE for the text of Senators Collins and Murkowski’s bill.