Senate To Vote On Abortion Rights Bill

Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow says the Senate is set to vote on legislation protecting a woman’s right to abortion. That comes in light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade opinion. Stabenow spoke with Michigan News Network. Senator Stabenow’s bill will not offer the children of Michigan life, liberty and the pursuit of an education, but instead the bill will use taxpayers healthcare dollars at the federal level rather than the States to abortion unborn children.

“We will have a vote next week in the Senate to basically protect a woman’s right to make her own reproductive decisions, including a safe and legal abortion, and we will have almost all of the Senate Democrats do that, but art this point, I don’t think we will have any Republican senators.”

Stabenow says the Senate would need 60 votes to end a filibuster on the abortion bill, and they don’t have those votes right now. The legislation has already passed the House.

Historically, language has been excluded in annual appropriations bills for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

Senator Schumer of New York,  insisted that bringing a bill to the Senate floor, after a similar measure failed in February, is “not an abstract exercise.” The House passed legislation protecting abortion rights in September.

The Democratic leader is hoping to put every single member of his conference, as well as Republicans, on record on abortion rights as both parties deal with the political fallout from the leaked draft opinion that would overturn the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. A final ruling, in a case from Mississippi, is expected this summer.

Democratic leaders, lacking the support needed to change Senate rules and pass an abortion bill on a majority vote, have signaled they intend to take the fight to voters during the campaign leading to the November election. Schumer noted that Republicans have been working for decades to bring about the end of Roe v. Wade.

“Come next week, Senate Republicans will have to answer for everything they’ve done over the years to embolden the hard right’s hostility against a woman’s choice,” Schumer said. “The vote will tell next week, America will be watching.”

GOP lawmakers have focused their ire on the rare leak of the draft opinion, calling it a brazen attempt to pressure the justices into changing the ruling.

Urging the justices to stick to their process, McConnell promised that senators would “have their backs, no matter what.”

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was supportive of Democratic efforts to codify a right to abortion into federal law, but was pessimistic about its chances in the current Congress.

“He did not feel we had the votes at this point in time,” Psaki said. “But certainly providing a moment for people to voice their view and voice their strong opposition to overturning Roe v. Wade is something we support Leader Schumer doing.”

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Source: AP News contributed to the article.

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