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WATCH: Chuck Schumer Says Right To Abortion Will Move To Cloture In Senate Next Week

WATCH: Chuck Schumer Says Right To Abortion Will Move To Cloture In Senate Next Week

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.

Cambridge, MA – May 4: Harvard University freshmen chant not your body, not your choice while rallying in Harvard Yard on May 4, 2022 in Harvard Yard in Cambridge, MA to defend abortion rights and protest against a leaked draft opinion of the US Supreme Court that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide. They were met by counter-protests, who argued that Roe vs. Wade should be overturned. (Photo by Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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.

“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.

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“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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