Susan Collins bashed GOP Justices for Misleading her, now she Plans to Vote Against Democrats' Bill Protecting Abortion Rights
Two sides of the coin: play victim and then stick to what misled you!
Susan Collins has accused many GOP Supreme Court Justices of misleading her by misrepresenting their true beliefs on abortion rights. Collins is a rare supporter of abortion rights coming from the GOP however she followed right in the path of the good ol’ party and signaled yesterday that she would be opposing a bill that Democrats are bringing to the Senate floor next week which would codify abortion rights.
On track to fail in the Senate, the Women’s Health Protection Act is sure to fail without the support from Collins. However, as a swing vote, Susan Collins's opposition underscores how difficult it is to reach bipartisan consensus on contentious issues of abortion.
With midterms and the public interest slipping through their fingers, Democrats have faced massive amounts of pressure to take action on the draft opinion aimed to abolish Roe v. Wade.
Susan Collins told reporters that Brett Kavanaugh has told her previously “he agreed that Roe v. Wade is settled law.” She even went on to claim the leaked draft was inconsistent considering Gorsuch and Kavanaugh had expressed other beliefs in their hearings and in their meetings.
With the co-sponsorship of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins has introduced her own bill to codify abortion rights. This comes after Collins expressed concerns that the bill presented by Democrats is “too broad” and also suggested working in a conscience clause, which would allow providers to refuse to perform abortions for “religious or moral reasons.”
"It supersedes all other federal and state laws, including the conscience protections that are in the Affordable Care Act. It doesn't protect the right of a Catholic hospital to not perform abortions. That right has been enshrined in law for a long time."
Susan Collins said.
As Collins has presented her own form of the bill she denied in February, she has gotten some criticism from Democrats such as Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut who claims Susan’s version of the bill has “loopholes” which states will take advantage of to restrict abortions further.
"There is nothing in this measure that detracts in any way from existing protections based on conscience or religion. It doesn't mandate that a hospital or a doctor or any other provider do anything that is against religious principles or conscience."
Blumenthal said yesterday as he pushed back on Susan Collin’s updated bill.
Democrats are moving forward with a vote on their bill next week even know it is expected to fall through. The court confirmed the authenticity of the leaked documents earlier this week shortly after being leaked but tried to iterate the idea that it was not the final decision. The biggest obstacle for Democrats now on the Senate floor is that they do not have the votes to pass their suggested measures. To overcome the GOP filibuster, the Democrats would need 60 votes which require 10 Republicans to flip sides on the vote.
Outside of the numbers game, their own party isn’t on the same page. Senator Joe Manchin, who is a Democrat, has described himself and voted as so as "pro-life and proud of it,” adding he is "a lifelong abortion opponent."