So Much For Safe, Legal, And Rare: Schumer To Propose Bill Codifying Roe V. Wade
Abortion rights could soon be codified into federal law if Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has his way.
Schumer announced on Wednesday that the Senate will vote this week on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would nullify state-level abortion restrictions and make it possible to have an abortion up to the point of birth in some cases.
So much for safe, legal, and rare – Democrats are showing time and time again that they want abortion on-demand. Whenever, and as convenient as possible.
The bill would also prevent states from enacting certain types of abortion bans, such as those that target specific methods or procedures.
“This bill is about one thing: ensuring that a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices is not subject to the whims of individual states,” said Schumer.
Schumer then went on to claim:
“A vote on this legislation is not an abstract exercise, this is as urgent and real as it gets.”
“We will vote to protect a woman’s right to choose and every American is going to see which side every senator stands,” he said.
However, the bill is very unlikely to pass. Democrats control the Senate but only have half the seats. For the bill to pass they’d need a 60-vote supermajority.
It’s worth noting that there have been calls from some senators like Bernie Sanders to abolish the filibuster supermajority, specifically to codify the abortion bill with a simple majority.
Congress must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country NOW. And if there aren’t 60 votes in the Senate to do it, and there are not, we must end the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) May 3, 2022
But the lack of support from within the party, due to centrist senators such as Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, makes it tactically unfeasible without bi-partisan support
Additionally, Schumer pleaded with all democrat voters to urge their local representatives to pass the law:
“To the American people, I say this: the elections this November will have consequences because the rights of 100 million women are now on the ballot,” he said.
“To help fight this court’s awful decision, I urge every American to make their voices heard this week and this year,” he continued.
The bill most likely won’t pass, but it signifies that Democrats are not willing to let the draft leak slide – as we all suspected.
It also shows that Democrats are willing to stop Roe v. Wade from being overturned by any means necessary. Even resulting to violence from pro-choice left wing groups.
Not to mention Justice intimidation through more “mostly peaceful protests.”
This first attempt by Schumer and his party will very likely fail, however, it’ll be at least 2 more months before the draft is confirmed and a lot can happen until then.