2020 presidential hopeful Kamala Harris just released a plan that would work to ensure a series of checks and balances, aimed at the recent onslaught of states that have passed restrictive abortion legislation over the past few weeks.
On Tuesday Harris released a post on her campaign website, outlining the details of The Reproductive Rights Act, which would require states to receive approval from the Justice Department before being implementing said laws, specifically areas which have sought to overturn Roe v. Wade in the past 25 years.
“We are living through an all-out assault being waged on women’s health and reproductive rights. From Alabama to Ohio, and Missouri to Georgia, the goal of Republican politicians is clear: Overturn Roe v. Wade and end safe and legal abortion in America,” the site reads.
“Harris will require, for the first time, that states and localities with a history of violating Roe v. Wade obtain approval from her Department of Justice before any abortion law or practice can take effect,” the statement continues.
The plan is based on the groundbreaking 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prevented states from implementing changes to voting laws prior to receiving approval from the federal government.
“This is just one way Harris will fight back against the all-out assault being waged on women’s health and reproductive rights. She’ll also protect Planned Parenthood from Republican attempts to defund essential health services, nominate judges who respect Roe v. Wade, fight to repeal the Hyde Amendment, reverse the Trump Administration’s illegal attempts to cut evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program grants, and immediately roll back dangerous and discriminatory rules the Administration put in place to limit access to contraception and safe abortion in the United States and around the world.”
Harris also plans to delve further into the outlines of the proposal during a Tuesday evening town hall event on MSNBC.