Baldwin fights to protect abortion rights

    Tammy Baldwin in front of a flag and microphone
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin, photo by Wisconsin National Guard Nov. 2016 by Vaughn R. Larson

    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is again pushing federal legislation that would guarantee equal access to abortion services throughout the United States.

    This renewed effort comes in the wake of the Trump-altered U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to take up Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban — a case that presents a direct challenge to legal abortions that are protected under Roe v. Wade. Baldwin joined colleagues in the Senate and House in re-introducing the bicameral Women’s Health Protection Act.

    This week’s news out of the Supreme Court was an urgent call to action: reproductive rights are under direct, imminent attack,” she said in a release. 

    Keep Abortion Legal sign
    Photo: Melanie Conklin

    The act would guarantee the right to access an abortion, as well as the right for an abortion provider to deliver such services and to do so without any “medically unneccesary restrictions that interfere with a patient’s individual choice or the provider-patient relationship,” according to a release from the senator’s office. 

    This action takes on additional importance in Wisconsin as, in the absence of Roe v. Wade, the state returns to an 1849 law that makes providing an abortion a felony

    “Our bill, the Women’s Health Protection Act, would protect against unconstitutional laws like Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban – laws that attack people’s freedom to make decisions about their own bodies and which directly contradict decades of Supreme Court precedent,” said Baldwin in a statement released with other members. “Our legislation reaffirms what the Supreme Court established fifty years ago: access to abortion is a fundamental right.”

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    Melanie Conklin
    Melanie Conklin is proud to be a native of the state of Wisconsin, which gave humankind the typewriter, progressivism and deep-fried cheese curds. Her several decades in journalism include political beats and columns at Isthmus newspaper, the Wisconsin State Journal and other publications. When not an ink-stained wretch, she served time inside state, local and federal government in communications. She is excited to be back at the craft of journalism as Deputy Editor of the Wisconsin Examiner. It’s what she’s loved ever since getting her master’s degree in journalism from the UW-Madison. Her family includes one husband, two kids, four dogs and five (or more) chinchillas.