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15_S217 on Jan 21, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: S.217 & H.R.448
Source: Women's Health Protection Act
Congressional Summary: Congress finds the following:
    Access to safe, legal abortion services has been hindered in various ways, including blockades of health care facilities; restrictions on insurance coverage; restrictions on minors' ability to obtain services; and requirements that single out abortion providers.
  • These restrictions harm women's health by reducing access to the other essential health care services offered by the providers targeted by the restrictions, including contraceptive services.
  • The cumulative effect of these numerous restrictions has been that a woman's ability to exercise her constitutional rights is dependent on the State in which she lives.
  • It is the purpose of this Act to protect women's health by ensuring that abortion services will continue to be available and that abortion providers are not singled out for medically unwarranted restrictions

Opponents reasons for voting NAY:(National Review, July 17, 2014): During hearings on S. 1696, Senators heard many myths from abortion proponents about the "need" for the bill's evisceration of all life-affirming legislation.

  • Myth: Life-affirming laws are enacted "under the false pretext of health and safety."
    Fact: Induced abortion is associated with significant risks and potential harms to women.
  • Myth: "Where abortion services are restricted and unavailable, abortions still occur and are mostly unsafe."
    Fact: Where abortion is restricted, maternal mortality rates have decreased.
  • Myth: Admitting privileges laws are "not medically justified."
    Fact: Women with abortion complications are told to go to an emergency department. This would constitute malpractice in any other scenario.
  • Myth: Ultrasounds and their descriptions are "cruel and inhumane."
    Fact: Allowing women the opportunity to view their ultrasounds serves an important role in providing informed consent, enabling women to exercise true choice.
Also see equivalent House bill H.R.448

Updated with S.510 - Women's Health Protection Act of 2017

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Abortion
  • Headline: Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Access safe, legal abortion without restrictions (Score: 2)

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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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Democrats participating in 15_S217

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Michael Bennet s1oCO Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Richard Blumenthal s2pCT Democratic Sr Senator
Cory Booker s1oNJ Democratic ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratJan 21, 2015
Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Catherine Cortez Masto s1oNV Democratic Senate candidateMar 2, 2017
Tammy Duckworth s1oIL Democratic Senate candidateMar 2, 2017
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr Senator (resigned 2017)Jan 21, 2015
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratJan 21, 2015
Kamala Harris s1oCA Democratic Senate candidateMar 2, 2017
Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 21, 2015
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 21, 2015
Tim Kaine s1oVA Democratic ChallengerMar 2, 2017
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr SenatorMar 2, 2017
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorJan 21, 2015
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratJan 21, 2015
Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Jan 21, 2015
Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jan 21, 2015
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateJan 21, 2015
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Jeanne Shaheen s1oNH Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Tina Smith s1oMN Democratic candidate for Minnesota U.S. SenatorMar 8, 2018
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Jon Tester s1oMT Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Tom Udall s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008)Mar 2, 2017
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat (retiring 2016)Mar 2, 2017
Mark Warner s1oVA Democratic Sr Senator; previously GovernorMar 2, 2017
Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerJan 21, 2015
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr SenatorJan 21, 2015
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorJan 21, 2015

Republicans participating in 15_S217

Independents participating in 15_S217

Angus King s1oME Former Independent Governor (1995-2002)Mar 2, 2017

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 42
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1

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