Gillibrand criticizes Senate bill to ban abortion nationwide

The young senator from New York castigates legislation that would prohibit at the federal level all abortions after 15 weeks, except in cases of rape, incest and to save the life of the mother. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand released a statement on Tuesday in response to the bill introduced by South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham. She says a national abortion ban would put the lives of countless Americans at risk.

Below is Gillibrand’s full statement:

While many of us have feared that day to come since the United States Supreme Court broke with nearly 50 years of precedent and overturned Roe v. Wade is still a blow to women across the country.

A nationwide federal abortion ban would not only put the lives of countless Americans at risk, but would contradict the argument Republicans have repeatedly made that such decisions about the right to bodily autonomy and life-and-death medical decisions should be made. by individual states.

With this bill, my fellow Republicans have shown their true colors. They have proven beyond doubt that they will stop at nothing to control our bodies, our families and our lives. And they demonstrated their contempt for the six out of ten Americans who support women’s reproductive freedom.

But now our mission as Americans and as voters is perfectly clear. We will do whatever it takes to elect more pro-choice candidates. And when we expand our majority, we will pass legislation guaranteeing the right to bodily autonomy and enshrining the right to reproductive freedom in federal law.

Meanwhile, Graham says the bill would put the United States in line with other developed countries like France, Germany and Spain.

Norman D. Briggs