The Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution does not recognize any right to abortion, something which has led many states to pass laws protecting preborn children.
Democrats have been left feeling outraged, and this week they sought to pass a bill aimed at undermining those laws. However, one Republican lawmaker made clear that he’ll be standing in the way.
GOP lawmaker says “there’s a child in this conversation”
According to The Hill, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto joined with other members of her party to promote a bill which would extend federal protection to interstate abortion travel.
Specifically, it would prevent women who traveled out of state for an abortion from being punished and also shield doctors who performed abortions on out-of-state patients.
While Masto and company sought unanimous passage of the bill, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford made clear that wasn’t going to happen.
“Does that child in the womb have the right to travel in their future?” The Hill quoted Lankford as asking when he voiced his objection. “Do they get to live? There’s a child in this conversation as well.”
Senator promotes Colorado as an abortion haven
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet was among the Democrats who were promoting the legislation, and he held out his state as an abortion haven.
Bennet declared that “if people from other states need to come to Colorado to access the care they need, Congress has the obligation to shield them from prosecution.”
“And we need to make sure that health care providers no matter where they are, Colorado and other states, are safe from prosecution, to say nothing of the women themselves, to say nothing of teenage girls themselves,” he continued.
“I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation on the floor of the United States Senate,” the Democrat complained, adding. “I can’t believe it. But that’s the America we live in now because of this Supreme Court.”
A summary published by the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute notes that Colorado is one of a handful of states with very few laws governing abortion.
This includes having no restrictions on what abortion techniques can be used as well as no rules regarding when an abortion can take place.