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Sinema among bipartisan group behind bill to prevent states from banning abortion

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Oct. 19, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington. She along with a bipartisan group of senators have introduced a bill that would prevent states from banning abortion access.

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is among a bipartisan group of lawmakers who’ve introduced a bill that would prevent states from banning abortion access. It comes just over a month after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision.

The Reproductive Freedom for All Act would codify the core protections of Roe into federal law. It would also guarantee access to contraceptives and enshrine elements of other Supreme Court decisions involving reproductive rights.

According to the text of the bill, the court has long held that the provisions of equal protection and due process under the law contained in the 14th Amendment guarantee the right to make certain reproductive decisions without government interference.

Republican senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Maine’s Susan Collins along with Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine are also co-sponsors.

Supporters say the bill is crucial in order to protect people’s ability to make their own healthcare decisions regardless of where they live.

Though the bill would likely have support from more than half of senators, it would still require 60 to overcome a potential Republican filibuster.

The Supreme Court’s decision announced in June reversed five decades of precedent. It created a wave of confusion in many states, including Arizona, that have patchworks of sometimes decades-old laws that ban and regulate abortion.

Ryan joined KNAU's newsroom in 2013. He covers a broad range of stories from local, state and tribal politics to education, economy, energy and public lands issues, and frequently interviews internationally known and regional musicians. Ryan is an Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a frequent contributor to NPR.