The Freedom Of Choice Act

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Analysis As a result of the increasing congressional barriers put in place to limit women’s privacy rights, Congress proposed legislation to abolish these restrictions on abortion rights. In 1993, Congress proposed the Freedom of Choice Act, which sought to get rid of virtually all of the restrictions that had been in place since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. The Freedom of Choice Act aimed to get rid of restrictions trimester requirements, government refusal to pay for abortions, or the requirement for minors’ guardians to be notified. The act still however, aimed to uphold the need for physician requirements imposed if needed to protect the health of the mother attempting to undergo the procedure. This act has been reintroduced to…show more content…
1068 (1993). The act was brought to Congress in the effort to alleviate some of the discriminatory restrictions that had been placed since the Roe v. Wade decision. According to the act, “Congress has the affirmative power both under section 8 of article I of the Constitution of the United States and under section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution to enact legislation to prohibit State interference with interstate commerce, liberty or equal protection of the laws” 103 Cong Rec H.R. 1068 (1993). This statement shows the Federal government’s recognition that it became necessary to intervene with the state laws that had been placed, and were reducing women’s rights. The Freedom of Choice Act proposed the idea those restrictions that had been in place since 1973 should be altered. The Act suggested that restrictions such as waiting periods, consent and counseling requirements, or lack of funding should be changed in order to control state laws that had become out of hand. The Act states, “It is the purpose of this Act to establish, as a statutory matter, limitations upon the power of States to restrict the freedom of a woman to terminate a pregnancy in order to

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