Senate Republicans and Two Democrats Stop Chuck Schumer From Ending Filibuster

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 20, 2022   |   9:54AM   |   Washington, DC

Senate Republicans and two Democrats voted last night to stop pro-abortion Democrat leader Chuck Schumer from ending the filibuster to pass legislation that would result in a federal takeover of the election system. Their votes also prevented the Senate from forcing through pro-abortion legislation that would make Americans fund abortions with their tax dollars and overturn pro-life laws nationwide.

The change, had it been adopted, would have established a “talking filibuster,” allowing any senator to speak for or against the bill for as long as they wanted but lowering the 60-vote threshold for passage to a simple majority. That would have created a scenario where pro-life senators could no longer stop the passage of radical bills to legalize abortions up to birth nationwide or end the Hyde Amendment.

“I don’t know what happened to the good old days,” said West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, who voted with Republicans and Senator Sinema of Arizona, “but I can’t tell you they aren’t here now.”

The vote failed 48-52 after Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema joined every Republican in the Senate to vote no.

“For those who believe bipartisanship is possible, we have proven them wrong,” Manchin said ahead of the vote. “Ending the filibuster would be the easy way out. I cannot support such a perilous course for this nation when elected leaders are sent to Washington to unite our country by putting politics and party aside.”

The Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, said the end of the filibuster was part of an effort by Democrats to railroad through their radical agenda without any opposition.

“The president and his party will try to use fear and panic to smash the Senate, silence millions of Americans and size control of our democracy,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday.

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One leading pro-life group told LifeNews that the defeat of the election takeover bill was a pro-life victory.

This legislation has been pushed by pro-abortion leadership in the House and Senate and was carefully crafted to maximize short-term political benefits for the dominant faction of one political party,” stated Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life. “This legislation runs roughshod over First Amendment protections for political speech that have been clearly and forcefully articulated by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tobias said the bill would have made it harder for pro-life groups to communicate with voters who their members of Congress vote on key abortion issues.

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were part of the leaders calling for an end to the filibuster so Democrats can force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to birth. Sanders and Warren issued calls to end the filibuster last week in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.

Without Roe, states would be allowed to protect unborn babies from abortion again – something they have been prohibited from doing for nearly 50 years. On Dec. 1, the Supreme Court heard a major abortion case out of Mississippi that many believe could bring about an end to the infamous 1973 ruling.

This has the billion-dollar abortion industry and its political allies very worried.

In an email to supporters, Sanders said overturning Roe is “not acceptable.”

“We cannot sit back and allow this Supreme Court to put in jeopardy the privacy rights of all Americans and a woman’s right to control her own body,” the Vermont senator continued. “So Congress must act. We must pass legislation that codifies Roe v. Wade as the law of the land in this country. And if there aren’t 60 votes to do it, and there are not, we must reform the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.”

That legislation, the misleadingly named Women’s Health Protection Act, passed the U.S. House in September.

More aptly named the Abortion Without Limits Up to Birth Act, according to pro-life leaders, the bill would erase basically all pro-life state laws and force states to legalize the killing of unborn babies in abortions up to birth. Limits on late-term abortions and bans on sex-selection abortions would be gone, and taxpayers would be forced to pay for abortions. Laws that protect women and girls would be eliminated, too, including parental consent for minors and informed consent laws that ensure mothers receive basic facts about their unborn baby’s development before going through with an abortion.

In an interview with MSNBC before the vote, Warren said the filibuster is the main obstacle preventing the pro-abortion bill from becoming law, according to Salon.

“We’ve gotten it through the House,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “I believe we could pass it in the Senate, but we can’t get 60 votes to get past a filibuster. This is one more time when we see the filibuster blocking the will of the majority. You know, anything that enjoys support across this nation at the level of 70 percent to 80 percent is something we ought to be able to bring to the floor of the United States Senate and vote on it.”

But Warren is wrong about public opinion. The legislation is too extreme for most Americans, including many Democrat voters. Polls consistently show strong public opposition to late-term abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions. A recent AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that 65 percent of Americans think most or all abortions should be illegal in the second-trimester and 80 percent think most or all should be illegal in the third trimester.

Warren admitted that the bill would force the entire country to become like California and New York where abortions are allowed for basically any reason up to birth. She said the Women’s Health Protection Act would enshrine into federal law that “the decision to continue a pregnancy is a woman’s decision” alone.

But the filibuster is stopping the legislation, and Warren wants it gone.

“One by one, the Republican-appointed justices came before the Senate and promised they’d respect precedent. They’d respect settled law. Well, Roe v. Wade has been law for nearly 50 years. So let’s see that respect. But we can’t wait—we must #EndTheFilibuster so we can codify Roe,” she wrote on Twitter previously.

For decades, the abortion industry has relied on the U.S. Supreme Court to keep its deadly practices in business. Roe v. Wade forces states to legalize abortion on demand up to viability and allows abortions without limits up to birth. In the nearly five decades since Roe, about 63 million unborn babies have been killed in legal abortions.

If the high court overturns Roeas pro-life advocates hope it will with the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, the authority to protect unborn babies from abortion or keep abortions legal would return to the states. Experts estimate anywhere from a dozen to two dozen states would protect unborn babies by banning abortion immediately if Roe goes. As a result, hundreds of thousands of babies could be spared from violent abortion deaths every year across America.

The Supreme Court is expected to publish its ruling on the Mississippi case sometime this year, potentially in June.