Harris Unveils Plan That Would Block Some New Abortion Laws By Default

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Harris Unveils Plan That Would Block Some New Abortion Laws By Default
Sen. Kamala Harris wants states "with a history of unconstitutionally restricting access" to have to get DOJ approval on new abortion laws.
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On Tuesday, Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled a bill that would block new abortion laws in certain states before they have a chance to go into effect.

Harris' "Reproductive Rights Act" aims to take the legal burden off of advocacy groups that often sue in order to block new laws, and instead require certain states to prove their laws are constitutional before they can take effect.

Harris, who's campaigning to be the Democratic nominee for president, has said she'll pass this "pre-clearance requirement" if she wins the presidency in 2020. Under her proposal, that would mean that "states and localities with a history of unconstitutionally restricting access to abortion [would] be required to pre-clear any new law or practice with the Department of Justice."

In an interview with CNN last week, Harris said, "There is an attack on women's access to health care, there is no question. ... The government should not be in the business of taking those decisions away from women."

According to The New York Times, Harris noted she'll need 60 Senate votes to pass her proposal and urged voters to follow congressional races.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.