Should Congress ban any declaration of a national emergency regarding abortion access?

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Bill Summary

This bill would ban any declaration of a national emergency regarding abortion access. This would prohibit any declaration to be made under the National Emergencies Act, the Public Health Service Act, and Stafford Act. This bill would block any federal emergency declaration to be made by the President and/or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in order to expand abortion services and access to them. Sponsor: Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida) View full bill text ➔

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Opponents say

•    "Everyone should have access to the health care they need—especially in an emergency. Under federal law, providers in emergency situations are required to provide stabilizing care to someone with an emergency medical condition, including abortion care if necessary, regardless of the state where they live. CMS will do everything within our authority to ensure that patients get the care they need." Source: CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Proponents say

•     "We should be protecting the lives of innocent babies, not Planned Parenthood’s ability to kill them. I will do everything I can to protect life and block this gross abuse of presidential power." Source: Senator Marco Rubio (Republican, Florida)


•     "Based on comments made by senior White House officials, it appears the pro-abortion Democrats are strongly considering to use the full weight of the federal government to impose their radical abortion on-demand agenda onto the pro-life states and communities resisting their plans. Congress must close every loophole in the National Emergencies Act, the Public Health Service Act, and Stafford Act that the Biden administration – and any future pro-abortion administration – could exploit to fatally attack unborn lives." Source: Senator Roger Marshall (Republican, Kansas)