Democrat lawmakers seem to have it out for the unborn; not only to they oppose restrictions on abortion at the federal and state levels, it seems that they are now trying to use the federal government to remove state restrictions:
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.
What are some of these supposedly burdensome requirements? Well, according to Blumenthal, Boxer, and friends;
“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.”
Those sound like pretty reasonable restrictions to me, as they are mostly health and safety oriented restrictions. And I must say that I find it morbidly humorous that Democrats are all for regulations and restrictions, unless of course it is in regards to exterminating an unborn child. When it comes to abortion, Democrat support for regulations and restrictions is nowhere to be found.
Now I personally believe that Abortion is in fact a federal issue, in the sense that no state has the right to legalize abortion and that its the federal government’s duty to make sure that abortion is banned; but, until we get to such a time where this is government policy, I think state abortion laws are a good way to go. Until we reach the point where the federal government realizes it must ban abortion, state restrictions are the best way to make sure we reduce the number of unborn murders in this country.
But I can’t say I’m surprised that Barbara Boxer would sign onto a bill like this; after all, she was one of the big supporters of partial birth abortion. Perhaps she should be reminded of the multiple times when Rick Santorum showed her to be a complete fool on the senate floor in regards to this very topic: