As Republican-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, those involved in the fight over abortion rights took stock of a new landscape: Americans in some states would soon have to travel — if they could afford it — to other states in order to receive reproductive care.

Except, for many Republicans, that wouldn’t be nearly good enough. It wasn’t long before some GOP officials not only began discussing a federal abortion ban, there was also talk of red states exploring restrictions that would prevent Americans from terminating unwanted pregnancies in more progressive states.

Indeed, The Washington Post abortion-state-lines/”reported late last month, “Several national antiabortion groups and their allies in Republican-led state legislatures are advancing plans to stop people in states where abortion is banned from seeking the procedure elsewhere.”

As The New York Times’ Jamelle Bouie summarized this week, “I think we’re heading for interstate-legal conflict on a scale that Americans have not experienced since before the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.”

With this in mind, Senate Democrats set out to protect interstate travel for abortion. As NBC News reported, the initial legislative effort faced immediate Republican opposition.

Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic bill Thursday that would protect the rights of women to travel to other states to access abortion care legally. The author of the Freedom to Travel for Health Care Act, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, requested consent to quickly pass the legislation but met resistance from Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma, who objected on behalf of Republicans.

The Nevada Democrat’s bill, which is likely to be brought back up again, is designed to prevent anyone from restricting inter-state travel for the purpose of reproductive health care.

To be sure, the outcome was not unexpected. Cortez Masto knew the

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