U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Vaughn R. Larson | Wis. Dept. of Military Affairs)
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined Sens Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) among other Senate Democrats on a bill to protect women’s constitutional right to travel across state lines to receive abortion care.
The Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 “would make it crystal clear this it is illegal for states to limit travel for abortion services and would empower the U.S. Attorney General and impacted individuals to bring civil action against those who restrict a woman’s right to cross state lines to receive legal reproductive care,” according to Baldwin’s office.
“Republicans have taken Wisconsin women back to 1849, and it is Republicans who support political interference in personal health care decisions,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m supporting this legislation because it will protect not only women who travel for care, but the health care professionals who provide the care and those who assist with travel across state lines, including employers. We will protect womens’ constitutional freedom to travel and receive the legal reproductive care they want and need.”
Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has downplayed the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, telling the Wall Street Journal, “It might be a little messy for some people, but abortion is not going away,” and adding that people would be able to still drive to Illinois for an abortion if Roe is overturned.
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