Rapidly fading presidential candidate Cory Booker vowed Wednesday to create a position within the federal government to manage abortion issues; saying the new job would oversee “reproductive rights” across the country.
According to a statement from Booker’s campaign, the position will be called the White House Office of Reproductive Freedom.
“Republican-controlled state legislatures across the country are mounting a coordinated attack on abortion access and reproductive rights,” Booker said in a statement, vowing to “immediately and decisively take executive action” to counter the recent measures from pro-life lawmakers.
“My goal with these actions isn’t just to undo the damage the Trump administration and Republican state legislatures and governors have caused, but to affirmatively advance reproductive rights and expand access to reproductive care for all,” Booker said.
The Senator’s comments come days after Alabama passed the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation; making the procedure a felony that could carry a 99 year prison sentence for doctors who perform the operation.
“The bill, known as HB314, criminalizes abortion in nearly every scenario, without any exceptions for cases of rape or incest, regardless of how far along a woman’s pregnancy is. By far the most restrictive abortion bill to emerge at the state level in recent months, it was specifically meant to initiate a legal battle that could end up before the Supreme Court — where a solid conservative majority has emerged during the Trump administration,” reports Fox News.
“The American people want a fresh debate and a new direction, achieved by consensus and built on love for both mothers and babies. The time is coming for the Supreme Court to let that debate go forward,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life organization the Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement on Wednesday.
“This bill is about challenging Roe v. Wade and protecting the lives of the unborn because an unborn baby is a person who deserves love and protection,” said one state representative who supports the bill.
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