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The Senate is predicted to vote Wednesday on the Women’s Health Protection Act, a Democrat-led invoice that may successfully codify a proper to an abortion.
It is an effort largely seen as symbolic, as Democrats would not have sufficient assist from Republicans to achieve the 60-vote threshold.
Majority Chief Chuck Schumer stated the Senate can be a vote on the invoice after a leaked draft opinion from Supreme Court docket Justice Samuel Alito revealed final week that the court docket is prone to overturn the 50-year-old protections of abortion rights granted underneath the 1973 Roe v. Wade case.
“I feel it is actually essential to have this vote to indicate the place everybody stands,” Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota advised NPR on Tuesday.
Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell’s comments over the weekend that Republicans may attempt to transfer legislatively on a nationwide abortion ban additionally upped the stakes for Democrats.
The draft opinion from the court docket wouldn’t subject a nationwide ban, however it might permit states to take action.
Whereas it is unlikely that the invoice will go, Democrats did handle to get assist from Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey who stated he would vote in favor of the laws.
Casey is one in every of few anti-abortion Democrats in workplace. His father, Bob Casey Sr., was Pennsylvania governor through the 1992 Supreme Court docket case Deliberate Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey, which upheld Roe however paved the way for abortion restrictions.
In a statement, the youthful Casey stated the circumstances round abortion rights within the nation have modified over the previous few months. He cited the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court docket and the chance that Republicans may attempt to codify a nationwide ban on abortions.
“Throughout my time in public workplace, I’ve by no means voted for — nor do I assist — such a ban,” Casey stated.