Sens. Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, the two lone pro-abortion Republicans in the U.S. Senate, introduced legislation Tuesday to force states to legalize abortions up to birth nationwide.
Together with two Democrat lawmakers, Collins and Murkowski said they believe Americans need a federal law to “undo the damage” of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that overturned Roe v. Wade.
Their bill, which is unlikely to pass, would force states to legalize abortions for basically any reason without restriction up to viability and allow abortions up to birth for any widely-defined “health” reason. It also prohibits states from restricting contraception.
The legislation is similar to the so-called Women’s Health Protection Act, a radical pro-abortion bill that passed the House twice but failed in the Senate. Collins, a Maine Republican, voted against the bill because she said it would jeopardize conscience protections for pro-life medical workers.
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