Democratic lawmakers in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday failed to bring a nationwide bill to decriminalize abortion, but Republicans were able to speak out against the move as both sides prepare for the impending political battle.
Republicans fell short of the required 60-vote threshold in the 49-51 Senate vote. Vice President Kamala Harris presided over the Senate vote, with Democrats trailing by a 51-50 majority over Republicans.
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a 1973 Roy v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 U.S. states.
“The American people are watching,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before the vote. “People will never forget where the senators voted today.”
The actual result of the expected court decision in June will resonate in campaigns across the country and before the fall of the midterm elections, whichever party controls Congress.
Dozens of House Democrats marched to the Senate in protest and were watched by Senate spectators.
Speaking in the Senate, the Democratic senator argued that ending abortion would do enormous harm not only to women but to all planned families and future Americans.
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto said most American women only know the world where abortion is guaranteed, but they face fewer rights than their future mothers or grandmothers.
“This means that women have different control over their lives and bodies than men, which is wrong,” he said before the vote on Wednesday.
Two pro-abortion Republican senators – Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – voted against moving the bill, proposing a more targeted approach to possible Supreme Court action.
“I plan to continue working with our partners without expanding or limiting the existing legal framework for abortion rights in this country,” Collins said in a statement.
Some Republican senators supported ending the abortion, although a majority voted to prevent the bill from moving forward.
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, a conservative legal architect in the Supreme Court – including three from former US President Donald Trump’s Republican era – has sought to minimize any potential changes to the federal abortion policy. The result.
“This issue will be addressed at the state level,” McConnell said.
Abortion was banned in at least 19 US states before the Row v Wade Act of 1973 or came into force after they were abolished. Meanwhile, 16 states and Washington, DC have laws protecting abortion services.
Republican Senator John Thone sees the proposed bill as outrageous and extends access to abortion beyond the laws in the US and other major countries around the world.
Speaking to reporters, Democrat Joe Manchin, who mostly represents the Republican state, said he was not happy with Roe V. Wade, but will vote against the bill because it is so widespread, he joined Republicans to prevent it. Discussion
Security was tightened at US Capitol on Wednesday and street security was beefed up by the Supreme Court as thousands of protesters gathered in front of the courthouse last week after a draft decision on abortion was leaked.
Congress has been battling the abortion policy for many years, but given the new urgency to vote on the abortion-rights bill, as the draft Supreme Court reverses Row’s decision by a conventional majority, which many believe. Believes that the law exists.
With the Congress elections approaching in November, both parties are under intense pressure to convince voters that they are doing what they can. Democrats work to protect access to abortion, while Republicans limit or eliminate abortion.