Senate will be Working to Vote on a Legislation Targeting the Codification of Roe v. Wade
The vote is set to take place on Wednesday, May 11th
Chuck Schumer has made the announcement that Senate is working to vote on legislation that will codify Roe v. Wade: "Today, I'm announcing that next week the U.S. Senate is going to vote on legislation to codify a woman's right to seek an abortion into federal law."
The bill would never pass a 50-50 split Senate, but it can force Republican lawmakers to make the difficult decision ahead of the midterms. As it may dwindle from the limelight in the upcoming months as so many new things come about, Democrats are using it as leverage to focus it as a central issue for the midterms this year.
“The American people will see crystal clear that when given the chance to right this wrong, the Republican party will either side with the extremists who want to ban abortion or side with women with families, and with the vast majority of Americans. Republicans will have two choices: they can own the destruction of women’s rights, or they can reverse course and work to prevent the damage."
It is being said that this will be the most important vote the body will take on this year since it deals with one of the “most personal and difficult decisions a woman ever has to make in her life." Schumer added, "This is not an abstract exercise, My fellow Americans, it's as real and as urgent as it gets."
Last year, the Women’s Health Protection Act passed the House but would need 60 votes in order to advance in Senate, and many claims this is an unlikely proposition on an entirely divided floor. The bill would guarantee the right of a patient to access an abortion, as well as protect the right of a health care provider to administer abortion services.
Earlier this year, the procedure vote failed just by a hair in a 46-48 vote. Joe Manchin joined every Republican Senator present in voting against the measure which threw off the Democratic body.
Manchin and fellow moderate Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, a staunch supporter of abortion rights, both said this week they would not vote to weaken or do away with the filibuster, limiting the majority's options.
"The filibuster is a protection of democracy," Manchin said.
"A woman’s health care choices should be between her, her family, and her doctor. Overturning Roe v. Wade endangers the health and well-being of women in Arizona and across America. Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever."
Sinema concluded in a statement.