Democratic lawmakers celebrated the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade abortion case verdict on Saturday.
They also urged the Senate to federalize the abortion issue by abolishing the filibuster and voting for it.
Democrats want to “safeguard” abortion
In September last year, the House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act, intended to safeguard so-called abortion rights nationwide.
However, the bill is stalled in the Senate, due to the filibuster, which requires the vote of at least 60 senators. Republicans are not willing to vote in its favor.
While Democrats were originally trying to eliminate the filibuster to pass their elections bills, this time, the voices to do it for abortion rights have been started emerging.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand urged the party leadership to try wrapping up the filibuster once again.
However, the continuous resistance of two moderate Democrat senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, nullifies any likelihood of this happening.
49 years ago, Roe v. Wade guaranteed the right to an abortion. Fast forward to today, and abortion rights are under direct attack.
Let's end the filibuster, pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, and safeguard the right to abortion. pic.twitter.com/WjJfO0GVlm
— Pramila Jayapal (@PramilaJayapal) January 22, 2022
In her bid to fuel the partisan divide, Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted the current minority leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell, eliminated the filibuster to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court justices, who will likely overturn the abortion verdict.
While touting the Women’s Health Protection Act, the senator claimed passing it from the Senate is the recipe for protecting the reproductive rights of women.
Democrats should pack the Supreme Court to protect abortion rights
Senator Elizabeth Warren found it as an opportunity to preach about the expansion of the Supreme Court; this is a narrative she has been continuously building for a long time.
While she mentioned this could be the last anniversary of the case, Warren also stated her party would fight back for abortion rights. According to Warren, Americans are with Democrats in expanding the court.
These comments came when thousands of pro-life activists flooded Washington D.C. to join the National Pro-Life Summit on the anniversary of the landmark case.
With their hopes on the six conservative justices, these activists have faith the verdict will not have any other anniversary.
.@Mike_Pence: "We gather here today at this national pro-life summit and on the streets of our nation's capital yesterday to declare with one voice – 'Roe must go!' and we will never stop working to create a world where every child born and unborn is protected by law." pic.twitter.com/pMA6e5Td6P
— The Hill (@thehill) January 23, 2022
Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris issued a joint statement on Saturday, extending their support for the stalled abortion rights bill.
However, they hesitated to speak for wrapping the filibuster this time.
According to them, Democrats will defend abortion rights with every tool available, as they said these rights are “under assault.”
Likewise, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also joined the party and criticized “radical Republican lawmakers” who supported anti-abortion measures in Texas and Missouri.
As per the House Speaker, the Women’s Health Protection Act is needed to outlaw “draconian abortion restrictions” passed by Republican states.
This highly publicized bill, if passed, would ban many abortion laws currently in practice in red states.
As the Supreme Court verdict looms in the historical case, Pelosi indicated right-wing forces want to threaten the law, which according to her, is a part of health reform every American needs.