WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Democrats in Congress are trying to stop the wave of Republican anti-abortion bills passed in states like Wisconsin.
Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin from Madison spoke at a news conference Wednesday, on the introduction of a bill prohibiting states from limiting abortions and abortion providers.
The bill's lead author, Connecticut Democrat Richard Blumenthal, admits it might not have the votes to pass this session -- but he says it will force those running for office next year to say where they stand on the issue.
Baldwin said state politicians have been, "standing between women and their doctors, restricting the choices women can make regarding their own reproductive health." Baldwin added, "It's not the job of a politician to play doctor."
She specifically mentioned the state law that requires abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges -- a measure that two abortion agencies say would close some of their Wisconsin clinics.
The bill is tied up in the courts for now.
Blumental said that if states won't protect women's reproductive rights, Washington will. He said he was confident the measure would survive all possible legal challenges.