Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joins bipartisan effort to restore federal abortion rights

While Sinema, D-Ariz., has a long record supporting abortion rights, she also opposes rescinding the legislative filibuster, even for the abortion issue./Gage Skidmore

By Ronald J. Hansen | Arizona Republic

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema helped introduce a bill Monday to reinstate federal abortion protections, but with only two Republican cosponsors the measure appears unlikely to advance.

The bill, dubbed the Reproductive Freedom for All Act, would seek to restore a nationwide right to an abortion that the Supreme Court erased in a June ruling that now leaves the issue to the states.

Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are among the GOP members who joined the legislative push. That still left the measure well short of the 10 Republicans needed to overcome a filibuster to block it. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., also sponsored the bill.

While Sinema, D-Ariz., has a long record supporting abortion rights, she also opposes rescinding the legislative filibuster, even for the abortion issue.

“A woman’s health care decisions should be between her, her family, and her doctor,” she said in a written statement about the new bill. “Our bipartisan, commonsense legislation protects the health and wellbeing of women in Arizona and across the country by ensuring all women — no matter where they live — can access the health care they need and have the ability to make their own decisions about their futures.”

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