Joe Manchin says he would support codification of Roe v. Wade votes but opposes the bill that Democrats want

Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) on Wednesday reiterated his opposition to a radical Democratic abortion bill that is going nowhere in the US Senate.

Democrats have scheduled a vote today on the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that will Roe v. calf and defy state pro-life laws that restrict access to abortion or regulate abortion for health and safety reasons. The bill needs 60 votes to overcome an expected Republican filibuster, though Democrats may struggle to find even 50 votes to pass it.

Manchin, who claims to be a pro-life Democrat, told reporters he would not vote for the WHPA because it was too broad.

“We will vote for a law that I will not vote for today,” Manchin said.

“But I would vote for a Roe v. calf codification if it was today. I was hoping for it, but I found out in the caucus yesterday that it wouldn’t be,” he added.

“To me, that would be the sensible, sensible course of action. The bill we have to vote on today, the Women’s Health Protection Act… make no mistake, it’s not that Roe v. calf Codification, it’s an extension. It wipes 500–500 state statutes off the books. It expands abortion,” he said.

Democrats have called for federal action to protect abortion rights after a leaked draft of the Supreme Court’s majority opinion suggests the court will soon overturn the milestone Roe v. calf decision on the right to abortion.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) has insisted on a show vote for the WHPA, even though everyone in the Senate understands it won’t pass. He said Republicans against abortion rights need to be put on record, vocation this vote “one of the most momentous that we will meet in decades”.

“All of us will have to answer for this vote for the rest of our time in public office,” Schumer said in a speech Wednesday morning. “Before the day is done, each member of this body will make a choice [to] Stand with women to protect their liberties, or stand with MAGA Republicans to lead our country into a dark and oppressive future.”

A bipartisan bill that would more closely codify roe Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska have allowed states to regulate abortion for health and safety reasons and enact conscience protections for Catholic hospitals. Although Manchin is likely to support this bill and could even be supported by 52 senators, Schumer has declined to give it a vote.

Manchin said the Senate must not go too far on an issue that is “extremely political” and could alienate voters.

“We shouldn’t divide this country further than we are already divided,” he said. “And it really is Congressional policy that is dividing the country. It’s not the people. They tell us what they want. And it’s just disappointing that we’re going to be voting on a bill that I’m not going to vote for today, but I would vote for it Roe v. calf Codification, if it were today I would have hoped for it. But I found out in the caucus yesterday that it wasn’t going to be.” Joe Manchin says he would support codification of Roe v. Wade votes but opposes the bill that Democrats want

Laura Coffey

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