Toomey Opposes Attempt to Expand Abortion Access

U.S. Senator Pat ToomeyImage via U.S. Senator Pat Toomey

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) voted Wednesday in opposition to the Democrats’ abortion bill.

“If approved, this radical legislation would expand abortion policy to new extremes by allowing access to abortion beyond what even Roe v. Wade permitted. The vast majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion, yet the bill the Senate is considering today would allow an individual to obtain an abortion, as a practical matter, at any time for any reason up until the moment of birth. This partisan bill would also override many state laws in meaningful ways, endangering even the minimal health and safety standards enacted in Pennsylvania after the discovery of Kermit Gosnell’s atrocities. This vote is a political stunt designed to further inflame heightened tensions around this issue and to appease the Democrats’ radical base,” said Senator Toomey.

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The legislation would:

  • Require states to allow abortions at any point in the pregnancy
  • Prohibit states from restricting abortions based on the sex or disability of the baby
  • Invalidate state parental notification or consent laws for minors seeking abortions
  • Override certain state laws that prohibit partial birth abortions
  • Exempt itself from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which limits government actions that place substantial burdens on an individual’s religious exercise

Due to the failure to reach the 60 vote threshold, this legislation failed to pass.

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