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Senators unveil bipartisan abortion access bill; measure unlikely to pass

A bipartisan group of senators has unveiled compromise legislation to guarantee federal access to abortion. It is an effort to codify abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It faces an uphill battle in the Senate, where it is unlikely to gain enough Republican support. The legislation is an attempt to create a middle ground on an issue that is largely pitting antiabortion Republicans against pro-abortion rights Democrats. Since the ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization in June, 17 states have either outlawed or mostly banned abortion. On Tuesday, Kansas will be the first state where voters are set to go the polls to determine whether the state will reverse the constitutional right to an abortion. The bill also ensures access to contraception, which abortion advocates fear will be outlawed.