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H.R. 8378 (117th): Protect S.T.A.T.E. Lines Act

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Should the federal government be in the business of giving money to people to travel across state lines for an abortion?


Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, states have begun to restrict or outlaw abortion. In states where abortion is illegal or severely restricted, though, people can still travel to other states to obtain the procedure.

For now, at least. Some red state politicians are trying to ban their residents from traveling out of state for an abortion, though no state has actually passed such a law yet.

If any state does, it would surely be subject to a lawsuit, which would almost definitely reach the Supreme Court. Some law professors predict the Court would uphold such a law as constitutional.

Much …

Sponsor and status

Madison Cawthorn

Sponsor. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 14, 2022
Length: 2 pages
Jul 14, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 14, 2022, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).



Jul 14, 2022

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 8378 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8378. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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