US Senate Democrats are forcing a potentially redundant pro-abortion rights vote

US Senate Democrats are forcing a potentially redundant pro-abortion rights vote

Democrats in the US Senate are bracing for a potentially redundant vote Wednesday to codify women’s abortion rights nationwide ahead of a possible Supreme Court decision that could end or accelerate the constitutionality of national abortion rights. .

There are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans in the politically divided Senate, with almost all Democrats supporting national abortion rights and almost all Republicans opposing them.

But Democrats appear to lack even a simple majority to codify abortion, let alone the 60-vote supremacy needed to bypass an expected Republican filibuster. A vote on similar legislation in March failed 46-48.

Nonetheless, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is moving forward with a new vote, as a Supreme Court ruling leaked last week showed that a five-member conservative majority on nine would last nearly five decades in the US. Ready to set the precedent. Women have a constitutional right to abortion.

“The vote to protect abortion rights will shine a light on every member of this chamber,” Schumer told the Senate on Tuesday.

With the Senate in control of Congress in November, Democrats are hoping that women supporting abortion rights — the majority in the US, according to the poll — will elect more abortion-rights supporters to the Senate that takes office in January. will do.

A leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito in February was confirmed by Chief Justice John Roberts as authentic, but not necessarily the final opinion of individual judges.

The court is expected to issue its ruling in late June or early July, and, if curbs on abortion rights, would leave abortion rights to individual states.

The Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights, says that if 1973 Roe vs. Wade The abortion rights ruling has been overturned, believing that 26 of the country’s 50 states are certain or likely to ban abortion.

Women seeking abortion who live in any of 26 states will be forced to travel to a state where abortion is legal or perhaps terminate their pregnancy at home with abortion pills, though dozens of abortions Anti-state lawmakers are trying to ban the therapy. They also perform abortions and make it illegal to buy prescription pills.

Some protesters opposing or supporting a possible decision immediately gathered in court after Washington political news outlet Politico published a draft opinion. With the potential for street violence, when the court actually rules, the court this week erected impromptu fences around the plaza in front of the court.

Several abortion rights activists have demonstrated in recent days outside the Washington-area homes of some of the court’s conservative justices to protest their support for overturning the historic abortion rights ruling.

Polls in the US have long shown widespread support for upholding national abortion rights, although some advocates support restrictions on abortion rights, as well as those women have in their pregnancies.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll last week found that 63% of those polled, including 78% Democrats and 49% Republicans, would be more likely to support candidates who support abortion rights in November’s elections .

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