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Bridget Johnson


November 13, 2013 - 8:05 am

Democratic lawmakers will announce this afternoon a bill to override state abortion laws that have placed restrictions on the services.

The Women’s Health Protection Act “would protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion by preempting restrictive regulations and laws—such as those in place in states including Texas and Wisconsin—intended to curtail reproductive health services for women,” according to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s (D-Conn.) office.

Blumenthal will be joined at an afternoon press conference by Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.),  Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.).

Also at the announcement of the bill will be leader of NARAL, Planned Parenthood and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“This legislation would prohibit laws that impose burdensome requirements on access to women’s health such as requiring doctors to perform tests and procedures that doctors deemed unnecessary in their professional opinion,” says the announcement of the Dirksen event.

The Texas measure now being fought in court bans abortions after 20 weeks, requires abortion clinics to meet the same standards as surgical centers and requires abortion providers have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a ban on gender-selection abortions and a bill to keep public employees’ health plans from covering abortion.

The Democrats’ bill states the “following limitations or requirements are unlawful and shall not be imposed or applied by any government because they single out the provision of abortion services for restrictions that are more burdensome than those restrictions imposed on medically comparable procedures, they do not significantly advance women’s health or the safety of abortion services, and they make abortion services more difficult to access”:

“A requirement that a medical professional perform specific tests or follow specific medical procedures in connection with the provision of an abortion, unless generally required for the provision of medically comparable procedures.

A limitation on an abortion provider’s ability to delegate tasks, other than a limitation generally applicable to providers of medically comparable procedures.

A limitation on an abortion provider’s ability to prescribe or dispense drugs based on her or his good-faith medical judgment, other than a limitation generally applicable to the medical profession.

A limitation on an abortion provider’s ability to provide abortion services via telemedicine, other than a limitation generally applicable to the provision of medical services via telemedicine.

A requirement or limitation concerning the physical plant, equipment, staffing, or hospital transfer arrangements of facilities where abortions are performed, or the credentials or hospital privileges or status of personnel at such facilities, that is not imposed on facilities or the personnel of facilities where medically comparable procedures are performed.

A requirement that, prior to obtaining an abortion, a woman make one or more medically unnecessary visits to the provider of abortion services or to any individual or entity that does not provide abortion services.

A requirement or limitation that prohibits or restricts medical training for abortion procedures, other than a requirement or limitation generally applicable to medical training for medically comparable procedures.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Are these liberals serious? Do they not see that they have become rabid animals who are out to take away others rights because they don't agree with their beliefs? They are saying that we who do not countenance abortion, do not have aright to argue their points. If I could give these progressives one piece of advice, it would be to tell them that they are poking their finger in Gods eye.
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There is no opponent that democrats hunt down and destroy with the same ferocity that they have for the unborn. It's so unrelenting and unhinged - like a centuries-old grudge.
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I fail to understand how laws governing abortions in Texas are of any legitimate concern of my US Senator in Connecticut.
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Your senator's thinking is something like this: "Don't you get it???!! Babies are being born 2,000 miles away! I must stop it!!!!"
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They must be pretty desperate to divert the nation's attention from the Obamacare fiasco.
Look, squirrel! War On Women!
I guess the "Big Bird Protection Act" will be announced any day now.
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Just once I'd like to see these pro abortion people called out.

And it would work better if a guy did it.

At that conference, have a guy ask one of the women there - Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio);

"Ok I'm a guy. I don't have that equipment. So maybe you can explain to me what in that procedure is considered "health". Seems to me, as I understand it, that using sharp instruments to scrape out your insides would be best done in the same manner as any surgery. Wouldn't it?"

Or - "A D&C procedure is functionally the same as abortion. Why does that procedure fall under stiffer regulation, that you appear to be fine with"

They over use that term - Women's Health. Define that law in the context of the commonly understood term "Healthy"
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They need to use the term "health" because the entire abortion industry runs on euphemisms. Without euphemisms, legal abortion never would have happened in the first place.
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