Senators Gural and Bachaud

New York State, Washington State
Safe Abortions, The Woman's Right to Choose

The National Issue of Abortion
- There are two views, Pro-life and Pro-Choice. Democrats tend to side with Pro-Choice advocacy, while Republicans tend to be Pro-Life supporters. I am a firm believer in being Pro-Choice, which, I must clarify, is not Pro-Abortion. I am more concerned with supporting and ensuring women's right to choose, and support women's health care and protection. Though I support giving women the right to choose, I am also in favor of decreasing the number of abortions per year. The matter of abortion is complicated - it is a grey area, and should not simply be dealt with by banning and completely denying women's rights.

To find out more about my view on Abortion, you can go to my blog here

History of Abortion in the United States

  • 1800's - laws prohibiting abortion first introduced
  • 1900's - most abortion procedures prohibited
  • 1960's - abortion laws more liberalized, reflecting the changed morals of the public
  • 1973 - Roe v. Wade
  • 1992 - Planned Parenthood v. Casey - Supreme Court overturned Roe's trimester approach and introduced the concept of viability and undue burden (abortion laws could not place an undue burden on women)
  • 1990's - House and Senate legislate ban on partial birth abortion
  • 2003 - Congress passes the Partial Birth Abortion-Ban Act, Federal legislation act drafted after a law in Nebraska was deemed unconstitutional

History of Mifepristone (RU - 486), "The Abortion Pill"
  • Mifepristone -- a synthetic steroid used as an abortifacient in the first two months of pregnancy
  • Smaller doses -- used as an emergency contraceptive

In the United States
  • First Bush Administration -- banned Mifepristone for personal us in 1989
  • September 2000 - approved for abortion by the FDA during final months of the Clinton Administration
  • Legal and available in all 50 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico

Reproductive Rights For All Women Act

Purpose: This bill ensures reproductive rights for all women, including those who could not previously afford it, by covering Plan B emergency contraception, the RU 486 abortion pill, and any other birth control contraceptive under Medicaid.

Eligibility: All women will be eligible for RU - 486 (with parental consent for minors and a prescription from the doctor) under this bill. Women with medicaid who cannot afford to buy their own contraceptives will eligible to receive birth control and the Plan B emergency contraceptive, as well as RU - 486.

Terms and Benefits
1. All women receiving Federal Medicaid will be eligible.
2. Birth control, RU 486 abortion pill, and Plan B emergency contraceptive will be completely covered by Medicaid, with or without prescription.
3. Consultation with patient's primary physician is required for RU 486 abortion pill.4. Parental consent is required of minor patients, before they can receive RU 486.

4. Parental consent is required for minors regarding coverage of the RU 486 abortion pill.

5. States will be required to comply with this act in order to receive Federal Medicaid Funding.

-To avoid surplus spending we propose that only the appropriate dossage needed is provided (in the timed interval) with no excess to prevent re-selling for a profit
- at the end of a years time the consumer of these contraceptions should repay the federal government 50 %

- an income requirement is needed to filter out those who can clearly pay for contraception and those who cant (yall can figure it out)