Congress should pass federal legislation protecting women’s reproductive rights. The hell with the Supreme Court.

In 2019, anticipating a repeal of Roe by the Supreme Court, the Illinois legislature passed and Governor Pritzker signed a law protecting abortion rights in this state no matter what SCOTUS did.

The Illinois bill established a woman’s “fundamental right” to get an abortion.

“Illinois is making history, because our state will now be the most progressive in the nation for reproductive healthcare. In Illinois, we trust women to make the most personal and fundamental decisions of their lives — and now, that will be the law of the land, even as it’s under threat in other states,” Pritzker said in a statement after the bill passed in the Illinois House.

Now that Texas has effectively banned abortion and the Court has refused to block the law from taking effect, my question is why won’t the Democrats who control both federal chambers and the White House pass federal legislation doing what Illinois did?

In the nearly 50 years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe vs. Wade affirmed a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, the fight to defend women’s rights has continued.

The enemies of women have fought a never-ending battle to chip away at its protections or to overturn it altogether.

And yesterday, the Court refused to act to halt the Texas law that only permits an abortion if a woman isn’t aware she is pregnant.

Now Congress must act as the court moves closer to overturning Roe completely.

Congress should pass a national law protecting the right to an abortion and President Biden should sign it.

No federal law would be a magic bullet. Nor would a law be as strong a protection of abortion rights as Roe vs. Wade has been. 

But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t fight for one.

One thought on “Congress should pass federal legislation protecting women’s reproductive rights. The hell with the Supreme Court.

  1. Let me get this straight.

    Citizens have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

    But any State can now pass a law enabling private citizens to sue anyone who keeps and bears arms or aids and abets another citizen doing so.

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