Mean Nasty Cruel part 2 : Republicans block taking up Senate bill to guarantee freedom to travel across states for abortions

June 2022

Over one half the population of the United States became second class citizens after the Supreme Court reversal on Roe. Unlike men, women do not have the right to decide what they can do with their bodies.

Why, Mean-Nasty-Cruel?

In most states where abortion is illegal, there are exceptions for when the mothers life is in danger and for rape or incest. However, is many states, there are no exceptions. The Texas law is particularly cruel. Anyone assisting a women getting an abortion can be sued. If they drive, make a call, or even assist them in buying a ticket to a state where abortion is legal, can be sued by another Texan. A grandmother, tells her friend she is taking her granddaughter into New Mexico for an legal abortion. The friend, could sue the grandmother under Texas law. . Many states have adopted the Texas Law.

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

A fertilized egg can’t develop normally outside the uterus. To prevent life-threatening complications, the ectopic tissue needs to be removed. Depending on your symptoms and when the ectopic pregnancy is discovered, this may be done using medication, laparoscopic surgery or abdominal surgery.

Earlier this week, Senators Patty Murray of Washington, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Introduced the “Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022.

The bill would make it unlawful for a person or a government official to prevent or punish traveling across state lines “to receive or provide reproductive health care that is legal in that State.” It also would bar states from imposing laws that prohibit women from traveling to other states to get abortions.

Is state to state travel for Women an Issue?

Currently no!

Some legal scholars think any attempt to stop people from leaving the state for an abortion would be unlawful since the Constitution protects individual liberty and gives people the right to travel. There’s also a legal doctrine called the Dormant Commerce Clause that prevents states from discriminating against or unduly burdening interstate commerce.

Missouri has tried to extend its laws to out-of-state conduct before. In 2005, the state passed a law that created a civil cause of action against anyone who helps a minor get an abortion without parental consent or a judge’s permission, even if the abortion takes place in another state that doesn’t require it. The state Supreme Court in 2007, however, narrowed the law so it only applies to abortions in Missouri.

Senator Patty Murray, D-Wash says “They (Republicans) want to punish women and anyone who might help them for exercising their constitutional right to travel within our country, to get the services that they need in another state. I hope everyone really observes how extreme and how radical and how un-American that is.”

Outing Republicans

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Cortez Masto is surveying Republicans to see whether her bill can win the 60 Senate votes needed to defeat a filibuster. He said Democrats might bring it up for a roll call vote to put all Republicans on the record.

Sen. Steve Daines, Republican from Montana, argued the Senate must reject this “radical” bill because it would “give fly-in abortionists free rein to commit abortions on demand.” He also argued it “protects the greed, frankly, of woke corporations who see it as cheaper to pay for an abortion and abortion tourism than maternity leave for their employees.”

Sen. James Lankford, Republican from Oklahoma, who objected to the request, said in remarks on the Senate floor that the conversation is “not just about the right to travel and the right to health care it’s deeper than that, it’s the right to live.”

“To be very clear, no state has banned interstate travel for adult women seeking to obtain an abortion,” Lankford added. “No state has done that. Now, am I confident there are some people that are out there talking? Yes, but there’s also in this Senate 5,000 bills that have been filed and how many of them are actually going to move? As it is in every legislature across the country and everyone in this body knows.