Washington – Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday pledged to hold a new vote codifying the right to abortion, following the release of a draft court ruling showing that the Supreme Court is on track to overturn Rowe’s landmark ruling against Wade on abortion.
Democrats, who are unlikely to have votes to promote the bill, also predicted that abortion would be a major issue in the upcoming midterm elections for members of Congress.
Their comments came as proponents of abortion rights across the United States wavered in response to the disclosure of the original draft U.S. Supreme Court ruling led by Judge Samuel Alita and leaked to Politico. Although the court’s decision is not final until it is published, the draft says previous abortion decisions “need to be overturned.”
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday he plans to release a new bill this week that senators will vote on next week to codify Rowe vs. Wade.
But in an evenly divided Senate, he will face challenges bypassing the legislative writer, who requires 60 votes to pass the law.
If Rove v. Wade had been dismissed by a 6-3 Conservative-dominated court, the matter would have been left to the states, and more than two dozen Republican-led states were race for the introduction of bans and restrictions on abortion.
This was stated by Supreme Court President John Roberts draftpublished Monday night, was valid, though he warned it was not a final opinion, and said he had instructed a court marshal to investigate the leak.
Republicans have called on the Justice Department to investigate how the project reached two journalists, saying the leak was a violation of the lawsuit.
Roberts said the document leak was erroneous.
“Court staff have an exemplary and important tradition of respecting the confidentiality of the trial and maintaining trust in the court,” Roberts told statement. “It was an exceptional and outrageous breach of that trust, which is an insult to the Court and the community of civil servants who work here.”
The court is expected to publish its official ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization within the next two months, although many organizations have long expected six conservative judges to at least repeal the constitutional right to abortion.
On Tuesday, Democratic senators said a final decision to repeal the constitutional right to abortion, made by the Supreme Court five decades ago, would be unacceptable and detrimental to women.
Montana Democratic Sen. John Tester said allowing each state to re-establish its own abortion laws would be “a step in the wrong direction.”
“I think women’s right to choose, women’s right to make their own health care decisions are really fundamental to who we are as a nation,” Tester said.
Washington Sen. Democrat Patty Murray has criticized conservative judges for repealing nationwide protection for people who want to terminate a pregnancy.
“We don’t want it to be a country where women are forced to stay pregnant, regardless of their personal circumstances, and yes, we’re talking about situations like rape and incest,” Murray said.
“A country where extreme politicians will control the most private decisions of patients. A country where, for the first time in history, the next generation of women will have fewer rights than their mothers. ”
Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, chairman of the Democratic Senator’s campaign committee, said abortion rights would be a “major issue” in the November by-elections.
“We have seen that state legislatures across the country are passing laws to restrict women’s reproductive freedom. But there has always been a belief that Rowe v. Wade was there, ”Peters said. “If Rowe vs. Wade is canceled, it will be a completely different game.”
On TwitterU.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Pennsylvania, said he had “serious concerns that the repeal of nearly 50 years of legal precedent would mean for women in states that accept an almost or complete ban on abortion” when the high court cancel Rowe.
My remarks on the Supreme Court ruling, which was traced to Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization: pic.twitter.com/ntAdPY174Y
– Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 3, 2022
Another Pennsylvania senator, Republican Pat Toomey, said the leak “undermines the Court as an institution and undermines America’s confidence in this pillar of our constitutional structure.
Although the motives for this leak are unclear, I am concerned that it was released as a political move to force judges to change their views when the rule of law, not public opinion, should determine the outcome and justification of the case, ”Tumi continued. . adding that he would “encourage each Supreme Court judge to ignore the final blast of hot rhetoric from both sides of the political spectrum as they complete the assessment of the case, and I hope with the leadership of Chief Justice Roberts that he is guilty of this gross misconduct. order is brought to justice. “
60 votes are needed
In the Senate, Democrats will need 60 senators to vote to overcome the legislative flibuster and actually pass a law codifying access to abortion across the country. These votes will be needed to complete the debate and move on to the final message, which is a simple majority.
Asked if Democrats would somehow be able to win a majority of 60 seats in the midterm elections, Peters said “it will be quite difficult to achieve that”.
While the entire U.S. House of Representatives – an increasing number representing gerrymandered constituencies – will be re-elected in November, only one-third of the U.S. Senate will face voters.
This year it will be 35 seats, of which 14 will be occupied by Democrats and 21 – Republicans.
Cook’s political report with Amy Walter bets five of those races – Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin – as a “toss”. Florida, North Carolina and Ohio are classified as “skinny Republicans”.
Georgia Sen. Rafael Warnock said he was going to “do everything” to “support reproductive rights.”
He is one of many Senate Democrats who support the elimination of the Filibuster.
“No Senate procedure should interfere with the exercise of fundamental civil rights – the right to vote, reproductive rights,” Warnock said.
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly is not so convinced that the Senate should change its procedures, but has ruled out supporting changes in the way bills are handled.
“If there is a proposal to change the rules, I will decide what is in the interests of the country and the people I represent in Arizona,” Kelly said.
Arizona Democrat Sen. Kirsten Cinema does not support such changes as West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin III.
This means that Democrats in the Senate do not have votes during this Congress to codify the rights to abortion or change the rules to make it easier to pass the Abortion Rights Act.
If Democrats lose control of the Senate after the by-elections, Republicans are expected to stay put.
Minority leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said Tuesday that he “absolutely” pledges to keep it intact.
“We don’t want to break the Senate, and it breaks the Senate,” he said.
McConnell declined to answer questions about how the Supreme Court’s final decision to overturn Rowe v. Wade will affect women across the country, and whether he will bring to the floor laws aimed at addressing federal abortion laws.
“It all puts the cart in front of the horse,” he said.
National Republican Senate Committee Chairman Rick Scott, a Republican senator from Florida, declined to say whether the Supreme Court, which overturns abortion as a fundamental right, will affect the election.
“I think it’s an important issue for a lot of people, but so is inflation, and crime, and the limit,” Scott said. “So it’s important for people, and people will admire it. And we should admire what we believe in. ”
Scott, who summoned many other Republican senators earlier this year when he released an 11-point plan without leadership approval, declined to say whether the Republican Party would try to pass an abortion ban across the country if they gained control of the Senate in the interim. .
“We’ll be worried about that next year,” Scott said.
While many Republicans in the Senate oppose abortion rights and support the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Rowe v. Wade, two have expressed disappointment at such an opportunity.
Maine Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican who voted to confirm Neil Gorsach and Brett Cavan but not Amy Connie Barrett, said in a statement that “If this leaked draft opinion is the final decision and the report is accurate, it will be completely incompatible with what Judge Gorsach and Judge Kavanagh said at their hearings and at our meetings in my office. ”
Collins refused to answer questions from reporters throughout the morning, simply saying she had made a statement.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who supported Gorsach and Barrett but not Cavanaugh, told reporters that some judges voting to overturn the precedent were undermining her credibility.
“If, in fact, this project is in the place where the Court ends up, it has shaken my confidence in the court. This is because I think some statements about the precedent have been made and settled, ”Murkouski said. “I and others have been commented on that Rowe has settled and is a precedent.”
Sumer said he expects the new vote to be different from a vote held just over two months ago.
“Now the world is different, the tectonic plates of our policy on women’s choices and rights in general are changing,” Schumer said.
“Every senator who is now under the real star of Rowe’s cancellation trial against Wade will have to show whose side he is on. And after that we will find a better way forward. But don’t think that what happened two (months) ago will be true. “
Capital-Star editor John L. Mitzek made an additional report in this story.