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Sen. Coons Reintroduces Reproductive Care Bill

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined other senators to reintroduce the Women's Health Protection Act, which would require states to regulate abortion providers in the way they do other clinics and doctors.

A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Coons was one of 33 original cosponsors of the bill re-introduced on the eve of the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision Thursday.

“A woman's right to choose has been settled law for more than 40 years, and yet that right continues to come under attack,” Senator Coons said. “Women's reproductive health choices should be between them and their doctors, and politicians should not be standing in the way. Congress should ensure that women and families have access to safe and affordable reproductive health care, no matter their income level or where they live.”

Planned Parenthood of Delaware supported Senator Coons and the bill. Planned Parenthood of Delaware President and CEO Ruth Lytle-Barnaby said, “Reproductive health care is essential health care and no physician should be singled out for providing safe and legal medical procedures.”

In a statement from Senator Coons' office, Coons says the Women's Health Protection Act would protect a woman's rights limiting restrictions on access to abortion services.

If passed, this legislation would affect three restrictions currently on the books in Delaware:

Prior to giving consent, a woman must receive a state-mandated explanation of the abortion procedure and its effects that must include: (1) a description of fetal development; (2) an explanation of the proposed procedure, its risks, and the alternative procedures; (3) the probable effects of the procedure on the woman's future childbearing ability and on possible future pregnancies; and (4) an explanation of alternatives to abortion. Delaware prohibits certain qualified health-care professionals from providing abortion services. Delaware law restricts young women's access to abortion services by mandating parental notice.

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