Senate Democrats Fight Back Against Women’s Healthcare Restrictions With SB 1696

by Randa Morris – On July 15, 2014, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on SB 1696, otherwise known as The Women’s Health Protection Act. The bill was first introduced in November of last year, by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. The bill now has 35 cosponsors, all democrats, except Bernie Sanders, the independent Senator from Vermont. This legislation would make it illegal for governing bodies to place extra requirements or restrictions on abortion services or service providers, unless those same rules were placed on all comparable medical procedures and the providers of those procedures. The text of the bill reads, in part: Legal abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States. That safety is furthered by regulations that are based on science and are generally applicable to the medical profession or to medically comparable procedures. Many State and local governments are imposing restrictions on the...

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