The Senate is slated to take up legislation next week aimed at codifying the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade abortion decision after a leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion indicated justices are prepared to overturn the nearly half-century precedent, a senior Democratic source confirmed to the Washington Examiner.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has vowed to do everything in his power to prevent limitations to abortion following the bombshell Politico report, repeatedly taking aim at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his role in confirming conservative judges to the high court while Republicans held the majority.
“Such a decision, if it comes to pass, would be an utter abomination. Women across America would suffer irreparable harm to their rights, their health, and their dignity," Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "It is vital that we act quickly because this is no longer an abstract exercise.”
SCHUMER SAYS SENATE WILL VOTE ON BILL TO CODIFY ABORTION RIGHTS
While top Democrats have slammed the likely Supreme Court outcome, leaders face an uphill battle in garnering the votes needed to overcome the 60-vote threshold necessary to force a vote in the Senate.
Even if Democrats opted to spike the filibuster, Schumer would still face hurdles due to anti-abortion lawmakers in his caucus likely to join Republicans in voting against the measure. That, even though GOP Sens. Susan Collins (ME) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) have voiced support for preserving abortion rights.
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A bill to codify the law failed in a 46-48 vote in February, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) breaking from his party in bucking the measure.