Friday, April 20, 2007

Stepping up for a woman's rights

After the Supreme Court reversed itself Wednesday and upheld a ban on "partial-birth abortion", Senator Barbara Boxer and Representative Jerrold Nadler vowed to introduce legislation that would make abortion rights the law of the land.
Two US lawmakers introduced legislation Thursday aimed at codifying a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy, one day after the Supreme Court banned a controversial late-term abortion procedure.

The proposed law would codify abortion rights for the first time, said Democratic Representative Jerrold Nadler, who joined the effort launched by Senator Barbara Boxer.

The legislation "would bar government -- at any level -- from interfering with a woman's fundamental right to choose to bear a child, or to terminate a pregnancy," Nadler said.

"We can no longer rely on the Supreme Court to protect a woman's constitutional right to choose" he said.

I haven't been able to find out what the bill says exactly, but this site calls it the "Freedom of Choice Act" and says only that it
would restore critical protections for women's health, a core principle of Roe v. Wade that was undercut by yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling. It would protect the right of women, in conjunction with their doctors, to make personal medical decisions and prohibit the government interfering in those decisions.

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