Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to draft rules that could defend women’s right to have abortions across the nation, ahead of a possible Supreme Court decision that could end or drastically limit the constitutional right to have abortions nationwide.
In the divided Senate, with 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans, nearly all Democrats support legislation guaranteeing national abortion rights, while all Republicans oppose the measure. The bill was defeated in a vote that ended by a narrow margin of 51-49.
The Democrats don’t even have the modest majority needed to defend the abortion bill, let alone the overwhelming majority of 60 needed to thwart Republican filibuster efforts. The vote on a similar law in February also failed with a final result of 46-48.
However, the chairman of the Senate Majority Faction, Chuck Schumer, on Wednesday (11/5), continued to push for a vote after a draft Supreme Court decision was leaked last week.
The draft suggests that the five conservative judges who make up the majority of the nine judges on the Supreme Court appear ready to overturn a US law that states that women have a constitutional right to have an abortion. The regulation itself has been running for almost five decades.
Schumer told the Senate, Tuesday (10/5), said, “Voices to protect abortion rights will shine as bright as a spotlight on every member of this Senate.”
With control of the Senate at stake in November’s congressional election, Democrats hope abortion rights advocates, who make up the majority in the U.S. polls, will elect more Senate abortion-rights legislators who will take office in January next year. so that pro-abortion laws can be enacted. [my/lt]
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