GOP Sen. Susan Collins called Texas abortion ban “inhumane” and said she is working on a bipartisan bill to make Roe v. Wade the “law of the land”

US Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty Images
  • GOP Sen. Susan Collins called the Texas abortion law “extreme, inhumane and unconstitutional”.

  • She said she is working with lawmakers from both parties to draft a bill codifying Roe v. Wade.

  • Collins said she does not support the abortion bill passed by House Democrats last week.

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Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins said on Saturday she is working on a bipartisan bill to codify Roe v. Wade. The Associated Press reported.

Collins spoke at an event in Maine as women in the US took to the streets to protest for abortion rights. The protests came a month after Texas passed a restrictive law banning all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Collins called the law “extreme, inhumane and unconstitutional,” the AP said. She also said she is working with two Democrats and another Republican in Congress on a bill that would make Roe v. Wade the “law of the land.”

Collins did not say who she is working with, but that the bill will be introduced soon.

The moderate legislator was criticized last week by abortion rights advocates for saying she would not support a bill passed by Democrats in the House of Representatives on Sept. 24. The bill has little chance of becoming law as it would require 10 Republican votes in the 50-50 Senate split to pass.

Collins said she would not support the bill because it goes too far.

“I support codifying Roe. Unfortunately, the bill goes much further than that. It would seriously weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law,” Collins said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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