With the Supreme Court’s decision on a Mississippi abortion law imminent, and a leaked draft of the decision suggesting that the ruling will open the floodgates by overruling the precedent set in Roe v. Wade, the future of abortion access is at stake. Voters have been calling on their representatives to move to protect this basic healthcare privacy right, and Senator Chuck Schumer has announced that it is happening.
In the CSPAN video below, Schumer speaks on the Senate floor, announcing a vote next week on legislation that would protect the right of a pregnant person to seek and obtain an abortion. While the Democrats hold a bare majority in the Senate, and cannot effectively pass legislation without the support of at least some Republican Senators, the vote would require every Senator opposing this basic healthcare privacy right to go on record doing so.
.@SenSchumer: "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…I intend to file cloture on this vital legislation on Monday, which will set up a vote for Wednesday." pic.twitter.com/FhHWAYum8o
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 5, 2022
“Let us be clear. This is what Republicans want. It is in the laws Republican politicians have passed across the country. But the American people are not on their side,” Schumer said, explaining the plan to put Republicans in the position of explaining to their constituents why they are voting against their best interests and freedoms.
“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. I intend to file cloture on this vital legislation on Monday, which will set up a vote for Wednesday,” he promised.
As CNN reports, more than a dozen states already have ‘trigger laws’ in place that will, if Roe is overturned, go into effect immediately, banning abortion, and many more have laws ready to limit access. If the precedent is overturned without a protection in place, more than half of states could quickly ban abortions.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com