By Elise Viebeck - 01/21/15 09:40 AM EST
Senate Democrats reintroduced legislation Wednesday that would lift abortion restrictions around the United States, including bans on the procedure prior to viability and targeted regulation of abortion clinics.
The Women's Health Protection Act from Sens. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalOvernight Tech: FCC chief downplays delay to TV box reforms | Lawsuit filed over internet transition | Waze rolls out ridehailing service Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo MORE (D-Conn.) and Tammy BaldwinTammy BaldwinAnti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Dem senator: Dean's speculation about Trump cocaine use not 'useful' EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms MORE (D-Wis.) is designed to comprehensively push back against a rising tide of anti-abortion-rights laws at the state level. Abortion-rights opponents previously called the measure "the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress."
"The Women’s Health Protection Act will ensure that every woman in America can exercise her constitutional right to access safe, legal abortion care without interference from the devious tactics of politicians bent on substituting their judgment for hers."
The bill was re-introduced to coincide with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision on Thursday. It also provides abortion-rights supporters with a counterpoint message ahead of the House's vote on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks.
That measure, from Rep. Trent FranksTrent FranksFive things to watch for at IRS impeachment hearing RSC candidate snags key endorsements Some GOP lawmakers: Trump has a point on Putin MORE (R-Ariz.), is due for a vote on Thursday.
The Women's Health Protection Act was previously introduced in 2013 and considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee in July 2014. It is unlikely to get a Senate hearing this Congress now that Republicans control the upper chamber.
The bill would prohibit state and federal lawmakers from imposing a variety of restrictions on abortion rights, including forced ultrasounds, waiting periods, admitting privileges requirements and limits on medication abortion.