Elizabeth Warren Announces Plan for National Law Legalizing Abortions Up to Birth

National   Micaiah Bilger   May 17, 2019   |   10:33AM    Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced a massive new plan Friday to legalize abortions for any reason up to birth in America and force taxpayers to pay for them.

“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, reacting to new laws in Alabama and Georgia that protect unborn babies from abortion.

A Massachusetts Democrat and a 2020 presidential candidate, Warren urged Congress to pass laws that require states to allow unrestricted abortions, according to Reuters. She said she believes the legislation is necessary because the U.S. Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade in the near future.

Her plan would prohibit states from “interfering in the ability of a patient to access medical care, including abortion services, from a provider that offers them.” This leaves no allowances for restrictions on abortions after unborn babies are viable or even partial-birth abortions, which could become legal again under her plan.

Warren’s plan also calls for taxpayer-funded abortions. She wants to end the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions through Medicaid, the AP reports. Additionally, it her plan would require that all health plans “– including Medicare for All — [include] contraception and abortion coverage.”

Here’s more from Reuters:

Warren also wants Congress to enact laws that invalidate state rules that have placed near-impossible regulations on abortion clinics.

She would also prohibit states from limiting access to the medications that are used to perform abortions.

Warren said Congress should require all health care insurance cover abortions. Republicans have pushed for the opposite, imposing rules that prohibited government-backed insurance from covering abortion services and trying to limit the ability of private insurers to do so.

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CNN reports she also would end Trump administration policies that defund Planned Parenthood, including the new “Protect Life” rule for Title X and the Mexico City Policy.

She wants to “crack down on violence at abortion clinics” as well. Likely that would occur through buffer zones, which violate free speech rights by prohibiting pro-life sidewalk counselors from coming within a certain distance of an abortion facility.

Her plan would make laws like the ones passed in Alabama and Georgia invalid, and would prevent other states from making even moderate restrictions on abortions, such as after viability.

“These extremist Republican lawmakers know what the law is — but they don’t care,” Warren said. “They want to turn back the clock, outlaw abortion and deny women access to reproductive health care. And they are hoping the Supreme Court will back their radical play. I’ll be blunt: It just might work.”

However, polls indicate that Warren is the real “extremist” in voters’ eyes. A new Hill-HarrisX survey found that 55 percent of voters said they do not think laws banning abortions after six weeks – when an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable – are too restrictive, according to The Hill.

The findings are not unique. Gallup polls consistently have found that a majority of Americans think all or most abortions should be illegal. In 2018, 53 percent of respondents said abortions should be legal in only a few (35 percent) or no circumstances (18 percent).

In February, a Rasmussen poll found that just 21 percent of voters support New York’s new late-term abortion law, which allows abortions for basically any reason up to birth. A full 66 percent oppose the law, including 44 percent who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

According to a national poll by Marist University, three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

The U.S. is one of only seven countries in the world that allows elective abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Even most European countries prohibit or heavily restrict abortions after the first trimester.