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Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to help Americans with disabilities seek reproductive health services, hoping to reduce barriers they may face after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.

The senses. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) announced the Reproductive Health Care Accessibility Act in a press release, explaining that the bill would authorize the Department of Health and Social Services to conduct a study to survey the landscape of reproductive health services for the mentally and physically disabled.

The bill would also fund grants for training and education programs for health professionals who provide reproductive care to people with disabilities; provide additional grants to programs aimed at recruiting and educating people with disabilities in reproductive health care; and creating a new technical assistance center to meet the related educational needs of persons with disabilities.

Duckworth, who lost his legs and partial use of his right arm in Iraq in 2004, said the bill would ensure 61 million American women with disabilities “are not left behind to get the care we need, when we need it.

“For too long, Americans with disabilities have faced persistent barriers to health care services, facilities and providers,” the senator said in a statement. “With right-wing efforts underway to go even further to undermine those rights in the wake of Roe’s overthrow, many are rightly concerned that they will find it even harder to access the reproductive care they need. .”

The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the constitutional right to abortion paved the way for about half of all states to ban or severely restrict access to abortion.

The senators estimate that because of this ruling, 1 in 4 disabled adults will face barriers to contraceptive counseling and prenatal care in a society where they already face constant barriers.

Although the legislation is co-sponsored by several other Democratic senators and has the support of more than a dozen disability rights groups and reproductive rights organizations, legislation on the access to abortion is passed in the equally divided Senate, where 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster.

Murray, however, said “every American deserves to be in control of their own body, life, and future.”

“But people with disabilities have long faced discrimination and truly unacceptable barriers to getting the reproductive care they need — and Republicans’ relentless attacks on our rights have made it even worse,” the senator said in a statement.