"Roe v. Wade established a woman's constitutional right to safe and legal abortion and has been the law of the land for over 46 years," Warren, who represents Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate, said in a statement released Friday. "These extremist lawmakers know what the law is – but they don't care."
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Warren said Congress should create federal laws to parallel the constitutional right to abortion access established in Roe v. Wade. She said the laws should prohibit states from interfering in a medical provider’s ability to provide services, including abortions, and laws to prohibit states from barring a patient from accessing care.
She said such laws would “end the political games being played by right wing courts to try and narrow Roe’s protections” and that “they would ensure that choice would remain the law of the land even if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.”
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Another element of Warren's abortion-rights proposal urges passage of legislation that would prevent the government from imposing abortion-related restrictions on private health insurers. The presidential hopeful also joined several of her Democratic primary rivals in urging the rollback of a 1976 restriction on the use of federal funds to pay for abortions, except for cases of rape, incest or pregnancies that imperil the life of a mother.
Warren also pushed for the rejection of limitations on abortion access proposed by President Donald Trump's administration, including a rule that would block certain federally funded clinics from providing counsel regarding abortions as part of the family planning process.
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Warren is not the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for the codification of Roe's ruling on abortion rights into law, an idea that would face significant resistance from congressional Republicans. Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York also have endorsed the codification of abortion rights, while Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said Thursday that such a move "deserves to be taken seriously."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.