The newspaper said the House is expected to pass the bill on Friday. Democrat leaders in the Senate are still weighing whether to bring it to a vote.
Collins maintained that the proposed legislation interferes with an existing law that guarantees health professionals who are against abortion are not required to participate in it.
"I support codifying Roe (vs. Wade)," she said. "Unfortunately, the bill ... goes way beyond that. It would severely weaken the conscious exceptions that are in the current law."
She called parts of the bill "extreme."
Collins said the bill hurts the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which shields individuals' ability to exercise their religion.
USA Today said the bill is in response to the Texas "fetal heartbeat" law that took effect earlier in September.
Collins' comments came in a brief interview on Tuesday. In a follow-up statement, she said, "This 'carve out' would be unprecedented, and I do not believe it is necessary to codify Roe."
The Times said the key provision of the Democrats’ bill would place a ban on states prohibiting or meddling with abortion through viability. The newspaper reported the bill faces almost certain defeat in the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to overcome a GOP filibuster. Meanwhile, Collins said she is talking with other senators on a potential bill that "truly would codify Roe."
On Sept. 1, a new abortion law went into effect in the state of Texas; a near-total ban that prohibits all people from seeking, receiving or performing abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy. The law could overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision to protect a pregnant person's ability to choose to have an abortion without excessive government restriction, and is expected to face judicial challenges. But while government officials continue to grapple with the legality of the ban, people who can get pregnant in Texas are grappling with the grim realities of its ramifications — and its consequences are already reaching the space sector.
"This law is just a nightmare," Frances "Poppy" Northcutt, now a Texas attorney who became the first female engineer to work at NASA's Mission Control during the Apollo program, told Space.com.
The new bill prohibits abortions more than six weeks into a pregnancy — before many people are even aware they are pregnant — and permits individuals to sue violators (including medical professionals involved) for a monetary reward. The law comes despite a United Nations assertion in 2018 that access to abortion is considered a human right.