WASHINGTON, DC-In a press release on July 12, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-Wash.), And Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) said they filed a bill titled Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022.
Murray, Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, and Cortez Masto, along with Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), said they wrote the bill to protect what they call a woman’s right to travel state lines to receive abortion care, the release says. Verbiage in the bill also protects providers who conduct the procedure for women.
“Restricting women’s right to travel on state lines is truly radical — and non-American. Our bill would protect the constitutional right of Americans to travel on state lines to obtain a legal abortion — and protect the providers who care for them. Even if Republicans go to the ends of the Earth to take away our constitutional rights, Democrats are fighting to protect them, “Murray said in the release.
The law is backed by more than two dozen legislators most of whom are democrats and one is independent.
The release stated that the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 emphasizes Constitutional protections for interstate travel and provides compensation for women whose rights have been violated. The law will also protect health care providers in states like Washington from prosecution, where abortion is legal, and lawsuits for serving individuals traveling from other states.
However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade repealed the Constitutional protections Murray referred to in relation to abortion.
“While attacking women’s reproductive rights across the country, we must do all we can to protect women who are forced to cross state lines to receive abortion services,” Cortez Masto said. “This law will make it clear that anti-choice states cannot prosecute women who travel to another state for reproductive care, and it will also protect reproductive health care providers and others. helping women travel for the care they need and deserve. “
In a release from Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Who supports the bill, at a roundtable event at Planned Parenthood-Spokane Health Center last month, Planned Parenthood officials told Cantwell they had already seen 60 % increase in patients traveling on state lines from Idaho.
The full law can be found at https://bit.ly/3AOrX6X.
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