Elizabeth Warren Will Make States Get Federal Govt Permission to Protect Babies From Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 9, 2020   |   1:16PM   |   Washington, DC

Kamala Harris ended her presidential campaign late last year, but one her radical pro-abortion ideas lives on.

During her campaign, Harris floated an idea that would make it nearly impossible for states to protect unborn babies if elected president. 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. 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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Despite that, pro-abortion presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has quietly adopted Harris’ plan in her own proposals for pushing more abortions.

After speaking with Harris in December, Warren adopted part of her signature plan on abortion. Modeled on the Voting Rights Act, it requires states with a pattern of violating Roe v. Wade – the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling establishing a constitutional right to abortion – to obtain Justice Department clearance before restricting the procedure further.

“Senator Kamala Harris has been a leader in this area, and I am committed to fighting for her proposal,” Warren wrote in a recently added section of her plan.

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 and they would likely be on board if Warren becomes the nominee.