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This is how Elizabeth Warren plans to fight back against “extreme” abortion bans

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“This is a dark moment. People are scared and angry. And they are right to be. But this isn’t a moment to back down — it’s time to fight back.”

Across the United States, women are having their bodily autonomy stripped away from them, state by state.

Today, Missouri becomes the latest senate to pass a bill which restricts women across the state from having an abortion past eight weeks of pregnancy.

And earlier this week, 25 white men – all Republican members of the Alabama senate – voted to criminalise abortion in the state at any stage of pregnancy, regardless of whether a pregnancy was the result of rape or incest. 

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Women dress as Handmaids to protest the passing of a bill in Alabama which effectively bans abortion at any stage of pregnancy

But not all hope is lost just yet – there are still some politicians in America who are willing to stand up in the face of this assault on reproductive rights.

Days after the Alabama ban was revealed, 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled her plan to fight back.

In a Medium post published on Friday morning, the Senator declared her plan to pass federal laws that will protect access to abortion across the country whether Roe v Wade is overturned or not, taking control out of the hands of the conservative Supreme Court.

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“Congress should pass new federal laws that protect access to reproductive care from right-wing ideologues in the states,” she wrote.

“This is a dark moment,” Warren added. “People are scared and angry. And they are right to be. But this isn’t a moment to back down — it’s time to fight back.”

As part of her mission to ensure all women have access to safe abortion, Warren also unveiled her plan to pass federal laws which will ensure states are unable to place unnecessary regulations on abortion providers.

Elizabeth Warren speaks to a town hall in Philadelphia as part of her 2020 presidential bid

She also announced her intention to repeal the Hyde amendment – a piece of legislation which blocks abortion coverage for women under federally funded health care programs – and guarantee that reproductive health coverage is a part of all health care policies.

“The overwhelming majority of Americans have no desire to return to the world before Roe v. Wade. And so the time to act is now,” she argued, adding that it was “inspiring” to see so many women come forward to fight for their rights and share their experiences with abortion. 

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She continued: “Our democracy should not be held hostage by right-wing courts, and women should not have to hope that Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump’s Supreme Court will respect the law.

“Congress should act to ensure that the will of the people remains the law of the land.”

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