As the Senate prepares to hold a vote on codifying safeguards Roe v. calf On Wednesday, some senators shared their thoughts a few days earlier, including two key swing voters, Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
After Politico released a leaked draft Supreme Court advisory opinion saying the majority was poised to subvert Roe v. calfIn 1973, which made abortion legal across the country, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the caucus would hold a vote to codify a woman’s right to abortion into federal law with the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA).
Murkowski said she will vote “no.” according to reports.
Other lawmakers have been more reticent in their stance. Manchin said NBC He was “tie” in Wednesday’s vote. Manchin is a key swap vote and he said he will “wait and see” what Democrats say at their weekly luncheons on Tuesday before deciding.
When lawmakers announce their votes, there is a mostly clear gulf between party lines.
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia tweeted that he will vote ‘yes’ on the legislation to be codified Roe v. Calf.
Republican Senator Mitt Romney has not yet announced his vote, however released a statement last weekwho said the Supreme Court’s draft opinion was “a decision that I support.”
Schumer says Senators’ positions on abortion rights will be announced to all Americans on Wednesday. “This week’s vote is not an abstract exercise; that’s as real and as high as it can be,” Schumer said. “Senate Republicans will no longer be able to hide from the horror they have unleashed on women in America. We’ll see where each individual senator stands.”
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview on Saturday United States today that a national ban on abortion is “possible” if Roe v. calf being overturned and that the GOP attitude is evident.
“On the abortion issue, I think it’s pretty clear where Senate Republicans stand,” McConnell said. “And when the court makes a final decision, I expect everyone will be more decisive. But I don’t think it’s very secret where the Republican senators stand on this issue.”
However, McConnell said he would not get rid of the filibuster to pass legislation.
“I will never, ever support the dismantling of the legislative filibuster on this or any other issue,” McConnell said. “Nevertheless, the Democrats want to destroy our institutions because of their marginal position, which the Americans do not share.”
news week has reached out to Manchin and Murkowski for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/joe-manchin-undecided-lisa-murkowski-says-she-wont-back-codifying-roe-1705020 Joe Manchin undecided, Lisa Murkowski says she will not support Roe’s codification