The slim majority of Democrats was not enough to legislate abortion
The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday against a bill that would legalize almost unrestricted abortion access. The bill was voted on by Democrats after a leaked draft opinion suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court was going to strike Rowe v. Wade, a ruling that has guaranteed access to abortion since 1973.
The Senate voted 51-49 against the Women’s Health Protection Act, leaving West Virginia’s Joe Manchin the only Democrat to side with his Republican colleagues who opposed the bill. Although the Senate is split 50-50, Vice President Kamala Harris has been able to cast a tie-breaking vote, but Democrats will need 80 votes to pass the bill, thanks to the Senate’s Philibuster rule.
The bill, which has been in place since last year, was voted on by majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) a week after a Supreme Court staffer leaked a draft opinion to Conservative Justice Samuel Alito that the court would strike immediately. Rowe vs. Wade. The 1973 ruling legalized most abortions in the United States for nearly five decades, yet “Serious mistake” And “Extremely weak” Reading the constitution, Alito argued.
After the vote, President Joe Biden accused Republicans of standing up “On the path to the right of Americans to make the most personal decisions about their own bodies.” And in the mid-November election, Democrats have promised to pass the bill next year if they increase their majority in Congress.
Although Democrats and liberal media outlets have described the bill as a codification of the rights guaranteed by Rowe v. Wade in law, Manchin said he voted against the bill. “Row vs. Wade is not a codification, it is an extension. It extends to abortion. “
Rowe v. Wade guarantees the right to abortion under the constitutional right to privacy, noting that pregnant women can benefit themselves without this procedure. “Additional government sanctions.” However, states can still pass legislation limiting abortion to the first or second trimester of pregnancy, and those seeking abortion must first get counseling or go through a waiting period before the procedure.
The Women’s Health Protection Act will repeal all abortion prevention laws where a fetus can survive outside the womb and allow abortion after this point if a “Healthcare providers” – A term that includes nurse and assistant – thinks woman “Health” In danger.
Terms “Health” The bill is not defined, and conservatives have expressed concern that the clause could be abused to provide abortion until the moment of birth.
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In addition, the bill directs the court “Explain generously” Removes all its definitions, and so-called “Protection of Conscience” Which currently allows religious doctors and hospitals to refuse abortions
According to a Pew Research poll, while 61% of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases, only 22% support abortion by the end of the second trimester.
Still, Schumer promises to make abortion a major problem in the midterm runup. “We are going to raise this issue relentlessly and firmly,” he said. He made the remarks after Wednesday’s vote. “We will continue to fight and continue to fight and fight until we win.”