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H.R. 8378: 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.

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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)

Introduced on Jul 14, 2022

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Jul 14, 2022

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H.R. 8378 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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