Senator Murray: “After we first realized of the Supreme Courtroom’s plan to overturn Roe, I warned this was a five-alarm fireplace, and what we’re witnessing now could be nothing in need of one.”
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ICYMI: Senator Murray chairs listening to on catastrophic penalties of Dobbs resolution on ladies’s well being
(Washington, D.C.) – At present, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Well being, Training, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, launched a new HELP Committee report on the impacts of a post-Roe America and the state of abortion coverage following the Supreme Courtroom’s ruling in Dobbs.
The report particulars the present state and potential trajectory of the patchwork of abortion bans and restrictions nationwide, the dire implications of the restrictions for girls’s well being, and the authorized ramifications for sufferers and suppliers alike as Republican lawmakers pursue additional restrictions on People’ reproductive rights. It shares tales from ladies, relations, and abortion suppliers on the real-life penalties of limiting entry to abortion. Importantly, the report urges policymakers to enact protections for girls searching for abortion care, suppliers providing it, and people serving to sufferers entry it. The discharge of the report, “Impacts of a Submit-Roe America,” follows a HELP hearing Senator Murray chaired final month inspecting the state of reproductive care in a post-Roe America and the threats the Dobbs resolution poses to ladies’s well being.
“We knew that overturning Roe would have actually dire penalties for girls and folks throughout the nation, and within the few weeks for the reason that Dobbs resolution, we have now already seen the devastating toll the wave of recent, punitive restrictions on abortion have had on ladies’s well being,” stated Senator Murray. “Tens of hundreds of thousands of ladies now lack entry to abortion of their state—and docs throughout the nation worry authorized dangers for offering authorized abortion care within the face of intimidation and proposed restrictions. This report makes crystal clear that ladies are already struggling grave well being penalties as they’re denied entry to abortion care—together with when it’s wanted to avoid wasting their lives—and the maternal mortality disaster is certain to worsen.”
“After we first realized of the Supreme Courtroom’s plan to overturn Roe, I warned this was a five-alarm fireplace, and what we’re witnessing now could be nothing in need of one: for girls, sufferers, and suppliers all throughout the nation merely attempting to get and supply important well being care,” added Senator Murray.
The report supplies an outline of the state of abortion coverage nationwide since Roe was overturned. Within the absence of nationwide abortion coverage following the Dobbs resolution, a complicated patchwork of ever-changing state bans and restrictions have been enacted by Republican lawmakers. As of in the present day, 26 states have banned or restricted abortion, or are on the cusp of doing so. Of these, 14 have successfully banned abortion (with some restricted exceptions in some states) by banning the process at conception or at six weeks—earlier than many ladies even know they’re pregnant. In whole, greater than 36.3 million ladies of reproductive age reside in these 26 states, and notably, Black and Native American ladies are disproportionately affected, with 56% of Black ladies and 55% of Native American ladies residing in states which have pre-viability bans. The report additionally notes that whereas there isn’t any nationwide abortion coverage in place, main Republican officers—together with former Vice President Mike Pence—have voiced help for a nationwide abortion ban and, within the Senate, 45 Republicans have co-sponsored laws to criminalize abortion after 20 weeks.
“The HELP Committee joins the refrain of students, policymakers, and girls elevating the alarm in regards to the penalties of the Dobbs resolution and the numerous harms to well being and liberty from the brand new abortion bans and different restrictive state abortion legal guidelines now in impact,” reads the report. “The Committee urges policymakers to enact protections for girls searching for abortion care, for suppliers of abortion care, and for individuals who help them to be able to mitigate a few of the worst well being and authorized penalties.”
Critically, the report particulars the extreme penalties the restrictive abortion bans have on ladies’s well being. The report notes that in states throughout the nation, there’s already a resurgence in medical problems and extreme outcomes for pregnant ladies—and as extra restrictions go into impact, worse outcomes are anticipated. State restrictions have created confusion and worry amongst suppliers in regards to the abortion care they’ll legally present to sufferers who want it. One latest research revealed, for example, discovered that Texas’ abortion ban resulted in double-digit will increase in a variety of maternal well being problems in comparison with different states with much less restrictive legal guidelines.
The report additionally supplies an outline of the authorized penalties of state abortion bans—and the chilling impact these authorized dangers have on the availability of care and, in the end, sufferers’ well being. It notes that ladies have been investigated, prosecuted, and even jailed for pursuing abortions—and such situations are anticipated to go up—and it makes clear that present and proposed state legal guidelines create authorized dangers for suppliers, together with these offering care in states the place abortion stays authorized.
The complete report, “Impacts of a Submit-Roe America: The State of Abortion Coverage After Dobbs,” will be learn HERE.