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Lankford, Rubio, Colleagues Move to Block Biden from Declaring Federal Emergency for Abortions

by | Jul 5, 2022

Sen. James Lankford

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Jim Risch (R-ID), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Braun (R-IN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Josh Hawley (R-MO), Rick Scott (R-FL), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced the Prohibiting Federal Emergencies for Abortion Act to block the abuse of this executive authority granted under the Public Health Service Act, including other emergency declarations under the National Emergencies Act and the Stafford Act. The legislation follows reports the Biden Administration may declare a public-health emergency to protect access to abortion services nationwide.

“The Biden Administration is obsessed with increasing abortion in America. Now they are even considering using a ‘public health emergency’ as an excuse to provide unlimited abortions,” said Sen. Lankford. “Even the notion of this is ridiculous. This bill reminds all of us that public health emergencies are designed to save life, not take life. Clearly the Biden Administration will stop at nothing to promote abortions.”

Sen. Marco Rubio

“President Biden and Democrats are hell-bent on preserving the practice of murdering unborn Americans,” Sen. Rubio said. “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.”

“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,” Sen. Marshall said. “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.”

Lankford’s bill would prohibit the President from declaring a National Emergency or an emergency declaration under the Stafford Act and prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services from declaring a Public Health Emergency to promoting, support, or expand access to abortion or go after states that prohibit or otherwise restrict abortion.

Categories: Legislation