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Nevada U.S. senator introduces 'abortion funds' bill

Catherine Cortez Masto
FILE – In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, speaks at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Cortez Masto of Nevada said Thursday, May 28, 2020, that she’s not interested in serving as running mate to presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden. Cortex Masto said in a statement that she supports the former vice president and will work tirelessly to get him elected but does not want to join the presidential ticket. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

Nevada U.S. senator introduces ‘abortion funds’ bill

December 05, 08:14 AM December 05, 09:56 AM

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(The Center Square) – U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto introduced legislation Thursday that would create a federal grant program for organizations that connect women to reproductive health care and abortion resources, her office announced.

Such organizations include “abortion funds and community health clinics” identified as patient navigators. The Women’s Health Patient Navigators Act, S.5174, is modeled after similar patient navigator programs for cancer patients, which provide personal guidance through the healthcare system and remove barriers to accessing care.

Cortez Masto’s bill would fund patient navigators for “patients seeking abortion care.”

“Navigating the health care system can be challenging and confusing, and my legislation would support organizations that are helping women seeking reproductive care connect with providers who fit their needs,” said Sen. Cortez Masto. “Patient navigators help give women across the country resources and support to access critical reproductive health care.”

The bill is co-sponsored by Senators Patty Murray, D-WA, Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill, Tina Smith, D-Minn, Michael Bennet, D-Colo, Jacky Rosen D-Nev, Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn, Alex Padilla, D-Cal, and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

It is also backed by the Planned Parenthood Foundation, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, and Catholics for Choice.

During her campaign, Cortez Masto was endorsed by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Earlier this year, Cortez Masto introduced the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act of 2022 to provide legal protection to women traveling to other states for abortion procedures.

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