Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed on Tuesday to bring legislation forward in the Senate to legalize abortion. Unfortunately for pro-abortion lawmakers, the legislation will be dead on arrival.
Following the leaking of an opinion draft written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito which showed that the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrat lawmakers began advocating for abortion rights to be codified into federal law.
“It is our intention for the Senate to hold a vote on legislation to codify the right to an abortion in law,” Schumer stated on the Senate floor.
The purpose of such a vote, however, according to Democratic Whip Sen. Dick Durbin, is actually more about political theatrics and virtue signaling than legalizing abortion.
“More than anything we want to make sure every senator is on the record in terms of their position on Roe and on the decision of the court,” Durbin acknowledged.
In order to pass a law codifying abortion at the federal level, Democrats would need 60 votes in the Senate. However, if they were to abolish the filibuster — a move that could have disastrous consequences for them in the long-term — they would need just 50 votes.
Unfortunately for the radical pro-abortion left, the moderate senators who have so far refused to support abolishing the filibuster stood firm in their positions on Tuesday.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) stated: “The filibuster is the only protection we have in democracy,” though he did not comment specifically on the leaked opinion.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) also signaled that she would not support abolishing the filibuster, implicitly referring to the Senate procedure and how it has protected women’s health.
“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” Sinema said in a statement.
On the other side of the aisle, a spokeswoman for RINO Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who recently introduced a bill to codify the Supreme Court’s abortion precedents, told reporters that Collins’ position regarding the filibuster has not changed despite the leaked opinion draft.
“Senator Collins’ position on the filibuster is unchanged,” said Anne Clark, a spokeswoman for Collins.
With the Senate currently split 50-50 and moderate senators unwilling to abolish the filibuster, the left’s attempt to save abortion at the federal level will be dead on arrival.