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‘Vote to protect abortion rights’ – US Senate Democrats put abortion rights law to the test

  • U.S. Democrats want to promote legislation to protest abortion rights.
  • A draft Supreme Court leak revealed an intent to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling.
  • The right to abortion is supported by popular opinion in the United States.

Democrats in the U.S. Senate are planning to force a vote on Wednesday on legislation codifying women’s rights to abortion nationwide, a protest gesture that is almost certain to fail ahead of an expected Supreme Court decision to end those protections.

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Most Republicans in the Senate are against abortion, and the Democrats’ knife-thin majority will not be enough to overcome the House’s rules that require 60 of the 100 members to agree to advance most of the legislation.

But Democrats hope the vote will boost their chances of holding or even rallying seats in the Nov. 8 by-election.

Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday in the Senate:

The vote to protect abortion rights will shine like a spotlight on every member of this House.

America’s decades-old battle for abortion rights exploded again last week as the Supreme Court reaffirmed the authenticity of a draft statement signaling it would soon overturn the 1973 landmark Roe vs Wade ruling legalizing abortion nationwide.

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U.S. President Joe Biden is considering orders and other measures to increase access and funding for women if the U.S. Supreme Court votes to overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision, officials and sources with knowledge of the case said.

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The president has asked the White House Gender Policy Council, the Department of Health and Human Services and the White House law firm to put together a plan to protect women’s rights, press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Tuesday.

A source advising the White House on how to resolve the issue told Reuters that many steps being considered are linked to asking federal agencies to do more.

For example, the White House is considering pushing the Food & Drug Administration, which controls access to prescription drugs, to increase access to the drugs used for medical abortions, the person said. Medical abortions account for about half of total abortions in the United States and must be provided by a physician in many states.

The White House is also discussing making abortion pills available online from intergovernmental and foreign providers for personal use and is asking the FDA to publish a list of authorized reputable providers, the source said.

A third option is to ask the Health & Human Services Administration (HHS) and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow Medicaid funds to be used to pay travel expenses for lower-income women traveling out of state for to get abortion procedures, the source said.

Opinion polls have shown that the right to abortion is widely popular.

A poll by Reuters / Ipsos last week showed that 63% of respondents, including 78% of Democrats and 49% of Republicans, would be more likely to support candidates in the November election who support abortion rights.

At least 26 states are confident or likely to ban abortion if the Supreme Court strikes down Roe, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which advocates for sexual and reproductive health.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told USA Today last week that it was “possible” that a Republican-controlled Senate could seek legislation restricting abortion nationwide in a world after Roe vs. Wade.

Amid widespread media coverage of this statement, McConnell noted during a Tuesday press conference that neither Democrats nor Republicans would likely secure the 60 votes needed to move abortion legislation through the Senate.

McConnell said:

This issue will be addressed at the state level.

Earlier Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that President Biden met with a group of people to discuss executive actions. “If he can find executive acts that work and are legal, I will certainly welcome them,” Schumer said.

Last September, the House of Representatives voted 218 against 211 to pass a bill on abortion rights that was almost identical to the Senate’s bill to be voted on Wednesday.

Some Democrats believe a move to overthrow Roe could help them in November by giving their voters energy and turning more women to their side.

Republicans are counting on inflation, which has raised the prices of fuel, food and many other consumer goods, to help them secure a victory that would rein in Democratic President Joe Biden in the second half of his first term.


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‘Vote to protect abortion rights’ – US Senate Democrats put abortion rights law to the test

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