House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fired back after the Supreme Court allowed a draconian anti-abortion law to go into effect in Texas this week by announcing plans to codify Roe v. Wade.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against blocking the Texas law from going into effect despite mounting legal challenges against it. The law bans abortion after six weeks when most women don’t even know they are pregnant yet and allows random civilians to enforce the law as bounty hunters who can sue any woman they suspect had an abortion or anyone who aided the abortion.
It’s a flagrant violation of privacy and a blow to Roe v. Wade that will result in other red states passing similar laws.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor slammed the ruling in a scathing dissent. President Joe Biden has vowed to use the full force of the federal government to fight the Texas law and protect women’s rights. Pelosi herself also blasted the high court.
“The Supreme Court’s cowardly, dark-of-night decision to uphold a flagrantly unconstitutional assault on women’s rights and health is staggering,” she said in a statement. That this radically partisan Court chose to do so without a full briefing, oral arguments or providing a full, signed opinion is shameful.”
And she is also prepared to schedule a vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act, which would enshrine Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court ruling that has protected a woman’s right to choose ever since, as the law of the land.
“Upon our return, the House will bring up Congresswoman Judy Chu’s Women’s Health Protection Act to enshrine into law reproductive health care for all women across America,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Every woman everywhere has the constitutional right to basic health care. SB8 is the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century, and its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade, and even refuses to make exceptions for cases of rape and incest. This ban necessitates codifying Roe v. Wade.”
The bill would likely pass in the House, but the filibuster would prevent passage in the Senate even though Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), who have a lot to answer for since both of them voted to confirm the conservative judges on the high court who allowed the Texas law to take effect, are pro-choice and could very well join Democrats to push it through. The answer then is simple. It’s time for Democrats to finally end the filibuster so they can end the Republican war on women.
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