Kamala Harris Wants to Make States Get Federal Government Permission to Ban or Limit Abortions

National   Micaiah Bilger   May 28, 2019   |   6:00PM    Washington, DC

Kamala Harris would make it nearly impossible for states to protect unborn babies if elected president.

On Tuesday, the California senator introduced a plan that would require states to get permission from the federal government before passing laws that ban, restrict or regulate abortions, according to the East Bay Times. Specifically, states that have a history of passing pro-life laws would be subjected to the mandate.

“We are living through an all-out assault being waged on women’s health and reproductive rights,” her campaign said in a statement. “Kamala Harris believes we need to fight back and block these dangerous and deadly laws before they take effect.”

Requests would go through the U.S. Department of Justice, which would determine whether the law can go into effect. If the DOJ rules in favor of the law, abortion activists still could challenge it in court, according to Harris’s plan.

In essence, Harris would force a federal government agency to defend abortion on demand – even if future presidential administrations disagree.

The plan, a kind of “preclearance requirement,” is similar to the Voting Rights Act, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against in 2013, the New York Times reports.

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It would shift the burden to the states to prove to the federal government that any new policy doesn’t go against [Roe v. Wade]. …

Under Harris’ plan, the DOJ would be required to review abortion laws and make public determinations on them, and health care providers would be able to challenge DOJ approval of state law in federal court, in order to prevent future presidential administrations from watering down the requirements.

Congress would have to approve the plan, but that is highly unlikely while Republicans have a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Still, abortion advocacy groups praised Harris for introducing a “bold plan” to protect abortions.

“With reproductive freedom under attack nationwide, we’re heartened to see Senator Kamala Harris rolling out a bold plan to defend our fundamental rights,” NARAL spokesperson Sasha Bruce said.

Other Democratic presidential candidates also have introduced plans to defend abortions in the past few weeks, but National Review described Harris’s plan as the most “far-reaching.”

Harris has a 100-percent pro-abortion voting record. As attorney general of California, she also prosecuted David Daleiden for exposing Planned Parenthood’s allegedly illegal sales of aborted baby body parts. Recently, she voted against a bill to protect newborn babies from infanticide.