Harris to unveil abortion rights plan modeled on Voting Rights Act

Harris to unveil abortion rights plan modeled on Voting Rights Act
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Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris favored as Biden edges closer to VP pick The Hill's Campaign Report: LIVE: Trump from Gettysburg | The many unknowns of 2020 | Omar among those facing primary challenges Sens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' MORE (D-Calif.) would force some states that have passed abortion restrictions to get approval from her administration before implementing any new laws related to the procedure. 

The proposal released Tuesday by the Harris campaign comes as several states ramp up efforts to restrict abortion access, including a near total ban on the procedure passed by Alabama earlier this month. 


"Harris will require, for the first time, that states and localities with a history of violating Roe v. Wade obtain approval from her Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice can take effect," the proposal on her campaign website reads.

The idea is modeled after the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which blocked some states from implementing changes to voting laws without receiving approval from the federal government. 

Under her plan, states and localities would be subject to the requirement if it has shown a "pattern" of violating Roe v. Wade in the past 25 years. 

Harris's campaign specifically mentioned South Carolina, Iowa and Georgia as states that could be impacted by her proposal. 

States passing abortion restrictions are looking to force the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that established a woman's right to abortion, Harris's campaign argues. 

"Kamala Harris believes we need to fight back and block these dangerous and deadly laws before they take effect," her campaign said.

Democrats for president have zeroed in on abortion after Alabama's governor passed a law earlier this month banning the procedure with no exceptions for rape or incest. 

Several candidates have released their plans to protect abortion access, including Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandExpanding our health force can save lives and create jobs simultaneously Sanders offers bill to tax billionaires' wealth gains during pandemic Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic MORE (D-N.Y.), Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-N.J.) and former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeBeto O'Rourke calls Texas GOP 'a death cult' over coronavirus response Hegar, West to face off in bitter Texas Senate runoff Bellwether counties show trouble for Trump MORE (D-Texas).

Harris plans to unveil her plan Tuesday evening during a town hall airing on MSNBC, according to the LA Times.