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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

14-S1696 on Nov 13, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Women's Health Protection Act
Source: H.R.3471 & S.1696
Congressional summary:: Women's Health Protection Act: makes the following limitations concerning abortion services unlawful and prohibits their imposition or application by any government:
  • a requirement that a medical professional perform specific tests, unless generally required in the case of medically comparable procedures;
  • a limitation on an abortion provider's ability to delegate tasks;
  • a limitation on an abortion provider's ability to prescribe or dispense drugs based on her or his good-faith medical judgment;
  • a requirement or limitation concerning the physical plant, equipment, staffing, or hospital transfer arrangements;
  • a requirement that, prior to obtaining an abortion, a woman make medically unnecessary visits to the provider of abortion services or to any individual or entity that does not provide such services;
  • a prohibition or ban prior to fetal viability

Opponent's argument against (Live Action News): This is Roe v. Wade on steroids. The bill is problematic from the very beginning. Its first finding addresses "women's ability to participate equally"; many have rejected this claim that women need abortion in order to be equal to men, or that they need to be like men at all. The sponsors of this pro-abortion bill also seem to feel that pro-life bills have had their time in this country, and that we must now turn back to abortion. The bill also demonstrates that its proponents have likely not even bothered attempting to understand the laws they are seeking to undo, considering that such laws are in place to regulate abortion in order to make it safer. Those who feel that abortion is best left up for the states to decide will also find this bill problematic with its overreach. Sadly, the bill also uses the Fourteenth Amendment to justify abortion, as the Supreme Court did, even though in actuality it would make much more sense to protect the lives of unborn Americans.

Also see the related House bill H.3471.


    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: Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored banning anti-abortion limitations on abortion services (Score: 2)

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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 14-S1696

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic ChallengerNov 13, 2013
Max Baucus s1oMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Nov 18, 2013
Mark Begich s1oAK Democratic Jr SenatorNov 14, 2013
Richard Blumenthal s2pCT Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Cory Booker s1oNJ Democratic ChallengerNov 13, 2013
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2016)Nov 13, 2013
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland DemocratNov 13, 2013
Chris Coons s1oDE Democratic Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 7, 2014
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratNov 13, 2013
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Nov 13, 2013
Martin Heinrich s1oNew Mexico Democrat (Senate run 2012)Nov 13, 2013
Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Nov 13, 2013
Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Jul 7, 2014
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerNov 13, 2013
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state AuditorNov 13, 2013
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey DemocratNov 13, 2013
Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Nov 13, 2013
Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Nov 13, 2013
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateNov 13, 2013
Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeNov 13, 2013
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Jeanne Shaheen s1oNH Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
Jon Tester s1oMT Democratic Jr SenatorNov 13, 2013
John Walsh s1oMT Democratic Senate ChallengerMay 13, 2014
Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerNov 13, 2013
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalNov 13, 2013
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorNov 13, 2013



Republicans participating in 14-S1696



Independents participating in 14-S1696



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 36
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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