Finally, New Abortion Legislation That Won’t Make You Scream

New abortion legislation is preparing to make its way through Congress, but for once, liberals may rest easy. Referred to as a rare “pro-choice” bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013 aims to strengthen women’s reproductive rights rather than undermine them.

Over the past several years, we’ve seen governing bodies pass a slew of laws restricting abortion. Though purportedly the new regulations are done for women’s safety, it’s plain to see that their true intentions are to limit women’s access to abortions. Unable to make abortion illegal, anti-choice activists have settled for making the act all but illegal. While Democrats have largely voted against these bills when possible, until now, they have done little to block further such attempts.

Rather than remaining a passive bystander in this ongoing assault on women’s health, Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, has decided to turn the tables. On Wednesday, he introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013, in the hopes of protecting Roe v Wade. By adding more explicit women’s health rights into federal law, states would have a much more difficult time slowly hacking away at abortions.

Several Democratic females join Blumenthal in sponsoring the bill in both legislative bodies. On the Senate side, Barbara Boxer of California and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin will support the proposal. In the House, the Women’s Health Protection Act will be championed by Representatives Judy Chu from California, Lois Frankel from Florida and Marcia Fudge from Ohio.

If the Women’s Health Protection Act were to pass, states would face the burden of proving how their abortion-restrictive laws actually benefit women’s health. The bill would prohibit mandatory ultrasounds designed to guilt women and required repeated appointments meant to delay the procedure. Additionally, it would put a stop to restrictions designed specifically to target abortion providers while excluding other, comparable medical practices.

Previously, conservative state judges argued that laws that very clearly place additional restrictions on abortion don’t actually “burden” women from having the procedure. However, because the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013 would forbid many of these specific practices in no uncertain terms, judges would have no choice but to acknowledge such restrictions are illegal in the future.

Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately, it may be just a pipe dream. Even Senator Blumenthal admits that the bill is not likely to go into effect given the current conservative stronghold on the House of Representatives.

Nevertheless, it’s a step in the right direction for progressives. Instead of playing delayed defense after every Republican attack on reproductive rights, the Democrats finally seem motivated to make an offensive play. Even if not initially successful, perhaps the energy created by this bill will help the Democrats to reinstate some of the rights the Republicans have managed to whittle away with their own agenda.

In the meantime, show your support! Sign this petition to let your representatives know that you back the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013 and that you’d appreciate their votes in favor of the legislation, as well.

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128 comments

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

success

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Nice!

Karen Chestney

Thank-you for this article.....With the "nuked" filibuster...The Women's Health Protection Act will pass the Senate....When we take back the House in 2014...it will pass the House .!

Amanda M.
Amanda M.2 years ago

Petition signed with a vengeance! It's about time we recognized that these anti-choice laws have only one purpose in mind-to take us back to the days when women had no rights over their own bodies or lives and were treated as little more than brood mares! These anti-choicers have only one goal in mind-to make safe, legal abortion as well as BIRTH CONTROL illegal! They literally do NOT care about women's health-they just care about making it harder to control our own bodies!

Carole L.
Carole L.2 years ago

Ellen G.
“Bmutiny, I feel sorry for all of the destruction of potential lives generations of your family lost out on. The fact that you are proud of this illustrates something is seriously wrong with you.”

I would say it's the other way around' your statement illustrates something is seriously wrong with you. Go feel sorry for yourself.

Ellen G
“Oh wait! There is ONLY ONE scandal! Those Republicans not letting me have an abortion on demand! Abortion, abortion, abortion! My precioussssssss.”

good lord Ellen, go take your meds. I stand by my previous comment; your statement illustrates something is seriously wrong with you.

Anne F.
Anne F.2 years ago

Glad to see the progressive position (good care for family health includes contraception, abortion, delivery care)

Franck Rio
Frank R.2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston2 years ago

Since this bill is already known to not be going anywhere, it is obviously just a political tool to rally the useful idiots who only care about getting abortions. Abortions, abortions, abortions. "War on women," birth control, and abortions, abortions, abortions. Anti-lifers are like the wild-eyed, blood-thirsty wolf hunters over abortions. I suppose this go-nowhere bill will distract the useful idiots from ObamaCare and the plethora of scandals D.C. is perpetrating on America. Oh wait! There is ONLY ONE scandal! Those Republicans not letting me have an abortion on demand! Abortion, abortion, abortion! My precioussssssss.

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston2 years ago

Bmutiny, I feel sorry for all of the destruction of potential lives generations of your family lost out on. The fact that you are proud of this illustrates something is seriously wrong with you. Come to think of it, perhaps it is a good thing your family culled out some of your gene pool.

Mary L.
Mary L.2 years ago

Signed and cheered, about time!