GOP Sen. James Lankford blocks Dem. effort to aid interstate abortion travel

As frustrated liberal lawmakers continue to seek legislative workarounds to the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, one Republican senator just took the bold step of blocking a Democrat attempt to pass a bill meant to facilitate interstate travel for the purpose of abortion, as The Hill reports.

Nevada Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto requested consent to approve a measure that would prohibit state governments from imposing punishments on women who travel to states in which abortions are available to non-resident patients and would also provide protections to doctors who perform but Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford was having none of it.

In objecting to the bill, Lankford put the situation in the starkest possible terms, asking, “Does that child in the womb have the right to travel in their future? Do they get to live?”

However, in Cortez Mastro’s estimation,, the legislation has taken on new urgency because of health care provider fears that they could be sued if they perform abortions on patients from other states, and that concern was joined by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who also suggested that conservative groups are currently mobilizing in an effort to “ban travel for abortion,” stating, “[a]nyone telling you this is not a threat is not paying attention.”

Colorado Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet was outspoken in his support of the measure, saying, “I can’t believe we’re even having this conversation on the floor of the United States Senate. I can’t believe it. But that’s the America we live in now because of this Supreme Court.”

Lankford, however, was unmoved, taking to the floor to deliver impassioned remarks on behalf of the unborn, noting that “[t]he conversation today is not just about women. There are two people in this conversation – a child with ten fingers and ten toes and a beating heart and DNA that is uniquely different than mom’s DNA or the dad’s DNA.”

Addressing the hyperbolic, intentionally divisive theoretical scenarios used by the Democrats to justify the measure, Lankford said, “To be very clear: no state has banned interstate travel for adult women seeking to obtain an abortion. No state has done that. Now, am I confident there are some people that are out there talking? Yes, but there’s also in this Senate 5,000 bills that have been filed, and how many of them are actually going to move?”

“But this seems to be just trying to inflame, to raise the what-ifs,” Lankford continued. “It’s been interesting to me that there’s another bill that’s actually being discussed that would literally, if you are a crisis resource, or pregnancy resource center, dealing with crisis pregnancies. If you don’t perform abortions, they would call that misinformation. And in the other bill that’s being discussed right now, it would fine you $100,000.”

Kudos to Lankford for making the most of an opportunity to underscore just how radical today’s left is when it comes to abortion, but it is clear that Democrats will continue undeterred in their search for federal workarounds as part of their never-ending tantrum over Roe’s end.