Elizabeth Warren on Friday released a series of federal proposals to counteract state-level restrictions and bans on abortion, underscoring the central role the debate over reproductive rights is likely to play in the 2020 presidential election.
The plan, published
on Warren’s Medium page, calls for Congress to bolster abortion rights through federal legislation, ensuring a woman’s right to choose remains protected across the country even if the Supreme Court one day overturns Roe v. Wade.
“Under the Supremacy Clause of our Constitution, federal law preempts state law. For this reason, the establishment of these federal statutory rights would invalidate contradictory state laws, such as the Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio bans,” she wrote.
Warren’s plan also calls for repealing the Hyde Amendment, which blocks federal dollars from being used to fund abortions, and making abortion coverage available through Medicaid and other federal health programs.
Warren, a longtime champion of public funding for abortion, has said
she wouldn’t vote for a pro-life Supreme Court nominee.
Her plan released Friday ties into a broader vision she holds for comprehensive healthcare and family planning, including universal childcare
. Although she hasn’t said
if she supports eliminating private health insurance under a single-payer healthcare system, her plan for protecting reproductive rights calls for all private plans to cover abortion and birth control.
Warren isn’t the only presidential candidate calling on Congress to protect abortion rights. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, whose campaign has struggled to gain traction, said
on Thursday at a rally in Georgia that she would end the Hyde Amendment and pass federal legislation to subvert state laws that weaken abortion rights.
states passed pro-life legislation in May, including Alabama
, whose governor on Thursday signed into law a bill that bans abortion at all stages of pregnancy. On Friday the Missouri House of Representatives continued that trend, sending
a bill that bans abortion after 8 weeks to the governor, who is expected to sign it into law.