The Senate rushed Wednesday into an almost-certain-to-fail vote toward enshrining Roe v. Wade abortion access as federal law, a blunt display of the nation’s partisan divide over the landmark court decision and the limits of legislative action.
President Joe Biden called on the Congress controlled by Democrats to pass legislation to protect abortion services for millions of Americans. But his party’s slim majority appears unable to overcome a filibuster from Republicans, who have been working for decades to install conservative Supreme Court justices and end Roe v. Wade. But West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced he would not be supporting the vote, putting the future of abortion rights in jeopardy for his own constituents as well as the rest of the country.
Senator Patty Murray expressed her anger at losing the vote despite the Democratic majority.
I won’t beat around the bush: I am furious.
Republicans just voted to force women to be pregnant and give birth when they don’t want to. They want this generation of women to have fewer rights than I do. How dare they.
We’ve got to fight back.
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) May 11, 2022
Polls have shown most Americans want to preserve access to abortion in the earlier stages of pregnancy, but views are more nuanced and mixed when it comes to late-term abortions.
Joe Manchin said he would’ve switched parties if Thune was leader. He’s a corrupt republican scumbag who doesn’t give a damn about anyone but his donors. Period.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) May 11, 2022
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the Biden administration’s position has been clear: “We will defend women’s constitutional rights recognized in Roe v. Wade.”
This is the number for Senator Joe Manchin’s Washington DC office where you can leave him a voicemail telling him how much he sucks for not advocating for women’s bodily autonomy LIKE DEMOCRATS ARE SUPPOSED TO, Daddy EpiPen Houseboat Maserati 🤬 @Sen_JoeManchin #MAGAManchin pic.twitter.com/DxuCQTWDHO
— Tara Dublin 🇺🇦🌻 (@taradublinrocks) May 11, 2022