It seems that Democrats have just seen how important and dangerous access to abortion is. In the wake of Alito’s draft leak, nearly every Democrat has vowed to do something about it. Now Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has announced he will push a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act Wednesday. But everyone knows that there are not enough votes to adopt it. Why, then, is he calling for this vote?
“The American people will see very clearly that when given the opportunity to right this wrong, the Republican Party will either side with the extremists who want to ban abortion without exception, or side with women and families and vast majority of Americans,” Schumer said, according to The Hill. He conveniently forgot all of the Democrats’ past chances to codify Roe v. Wade and correct this fake.
The last time that happened, on February 28, the bill never even made it to the Senate. Joe Manchin voted against even discussing the bill. Although the Democrats try to blame this old right-wing white man for all their failures to pass progressive legislation, the truth is that Diane Feinstein (California), Ben Ray-Lujan (New Mexico) and Raphael Warnock (Georgia) do not. haven’t done. I don’t even vote to bring it upstairs.
And that’s not their only problem, there’s also another anti-abortion Democratic senator, Bob Casey, who according to The Washington Postis the son of “former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. Casey, the same Casey in the 1992 Supreme Court case Planned Kinship of Southeast Pennsylvania vs. Casey. A spokesman for the congressman said he would vote for the procedural motion.
“It will be a debate vote on debate,” Casey told the Post. “And then we’ll see what happens after that.” Mr. Casey’s frankness is quite brutal.
Not to mention the fact that in Texas, establishment Democrats who themselves publicly call for abortion access are doing their utmost to support one of the staunchest opponents of abortion rights within of the Democratic Party, Representative Henry Cuellar, against and pro-abortion. Jessica Cisneros. Both Nancy Pelosi and Jim Clyburn have openly supported Cuellar’s campaign.
Schumer describes abortion legislation as a fight against Republicans, but the Democratic Party itself is split on an issue most Americans support, driven by more conservative, anti-abortion elements among their voters and donors .
But let’s say Schumer foots the bill on the ground; would he and the other senators do what it takes to get the bill passed? In other words, will they abolish the filibuster? Recent history tells us that they probably won’t. Just think of the PRO law, the coronavirus relief program, etc.
It seems a bit unbelievable that the Democratic Party is still relying on this strategy that got them nowhere. A piece published by Politics might shed some light on the matter.
“On key Senate battlegrounds, Democrats are buying TV time and sounding off on Republican plans to restrict abortion rights at every opportunity. They seized the moment – and see it as a possible turning point.
As usual, it’s about getting votes and then doing nothing to defend abortion. Time and time again, Democrats have had a majority in both houses and they have failed to protect abortion, or succeed in passing legislation to make health care accessible – not even a public option that the majority of Americans , both self-identified Democrats and Republicans, Support. Not to mention the sweeping anti-voting reforms that have been passed in several states with little or no resistance.
To paraphrase Chuck Schumer: the american people are beginning to see crystal clear that voting is not the way to defend our rights. On Monday, when news of the SCOTUS decision broke, hundreds of people took to the streets of Washington, D.C. The next day, thousands gathered and hundreds marched through the streets of New York with left voice after NGOs and politicians who called for the rally refused to march.
Nico is a writer and editor for La Izquierda Diario and a contributor to Left Voice. He lives in Buenos Aires