Senate to vote on Roe v. Wade abortion rights bill
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), flanked by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Sen. Kirsten Gilbrand (D-N.Y.), holds a press conference to announce that the Senate will vote for the Women’s Health Protection Act of 20202.
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On Wednesday, Senate Republicans will block a bill to make Roe v. Wade the abortion rights decision law. Democrats are scrambling to keep protections that could be thrown out by the Supreme Court after almost five decades.
Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority leader, was determined to move ahead the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022Even though it seemed doomed, it was still accepted. After a draft court opinion that would overturn Roe leaked — inflaming the national abortion rights debate and energizing Democrats for November’s midterm elections — the New York Democrat aimed to put every senator’s stance on the record.
All Republicans in the Senate, which is split 50-50 between the GOP and Democrats, are expected to vote against advancing the bill Wednesday — leaving it short of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and allow a vote to proceed. West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (one of the Democrats opposed to moving ahead with a similar legislation earlier in this year. He has yet not revealed his vote.
Schumer stated Tuesday that Republicans who attempted to pretend disingenuously like this moment could not possibly occur will be held responsible to women in America, whose rights are being reversed by many decades. There will be no hiding tomorrow. “There will be no distractions, no more confusion about where each member stands in this chamber.”
The bill would bar states from banning abortion before fetal viability — generally considered 24 weeks — and in certain cases after that point when a medical provider determines a pregnancy poses a risk to a person’s health. The bill would prohibit states from restricting access to abortion services and drugs, as well as banning governments from mandating doctors’ visits that are not medically necessary.
Democrats do not appear to be in a position to pass this bill or another measure that would cement federal abortion rights. This is unless the filibuster is repealed. To pass the bill, it would only take 51 votes. Manchin of Illinois and Kyrsten Sienema from Arizona are two of at least two Democratic senators who have indicated they won’t vote for the elimination of filibuster.
Any push from Democrats to pass legislation seems to be aimed at rousing support among those who are pro-abortion rights. Schumer doesn’t have any Republican support for the legislation — even from Sens. Susan Collins, Maine, and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska are the GOP senators most likely vote for abortion rights.
“Nothing is going to change.” Murkowski stated Monday that the vote would remain the same, in reference to Murkowski. opposition to similar legislation that Republicans and Manchin blocked earlier this year.
Democrats have asked midterm voters for help to elect people who will vote in federal laws to codify Roe v. Wade. Otherwise, they may lose their razor thin majority in November’s election. After the draft decision was leaked, President Joe BidenTo codify legislation, we will require more pro-choice senators and a larger pro-choice majority at the House,” he stated. RoeI will be working to get this bill passed and signed into law.
After Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), told USA Today that the aforementioned, Democrats amplify their appeals. nationwide abortion ban was “possible”If Roe was overturned by the court. According to the court’s decision leave abortion laws up to statesCongress would need to take action to prohibit it at the federal levels.
Even if Republicans won control of the Senate in November, they are unlikely to get the 60 votes required to defeat a filibuster. USA Today was also informed by McConnell that he wouldn’t push for the bypass of filibuster in any matter.
McConnell declined Tuesday to mention the possibility of his party trying nationwide to prohibit abortion.
He stated that he believes it was safe to state there weren’t 60 votes at the federal level. According to me, the majority sentiment at my conference was that the issue would be handled at the state level.
Nonetheless, Republicans attempting to ban abortion nationally strengthened Bob Casey (a Pennsylvania senator Democrat) who supported restrictive abortion laws in his Senate term.
The late Democratic ex-Gov. of Pennsylvania, Bob Casey was his father. Bob Casey, backed state abortion restrictions that made him a defendant in Planned Parenthood v. Casey — a 1992 Supreme Court case that further solidified abortion rights after Roe.
Casey’s younger brother is one of most conservative Democrats when it comes to abortion rights. Casey supported an earlier ban on the termination of pregnancy for women after twenty weeks. While he voted in favor of the Women’s Health Protection Act being introduced into the legislative process earlier this year, he wasn’t obligated to vote for it.
Casey stated Tuesday that he would vote in favor of codifying Roe because the “circumstances surrounding the entire abortion debate” have changed since the last time the Senate looked at abortion rights legislation.
The Supreme Court’s leaked decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and reports that Republicans will present legislation for a six-week nationwide ban, raises the question: Do you support a blanket ban on abortion? Casey made the statement in a statement. “During my time in public office, I have never voted for — nor do I support — such a ban.”