Joe Biden is calling on Senate Democrats to make a one-time exception to the filibuster rules in order to force a bill through the chamber that would legalize abortions up to birth nationwide. Such a bill would essentially override the ability of states to protect babies from abortions following the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
But Biden has a major roadblock between that goal and the reality of forcing the most radical pro-abortion bill ever through the upper chamber of Congress: Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema.
The two Democrats have previously opposed changes to the filibuster and that stance apparently hasn’t changed despite the Dobbs decision to overturn Roe.
As CNN reporter Manu Raju posted on Twitter, “Manchin’s position opposing reducing 60-vote threshold for filibuster also hasn’t changed despite Biden’s comments, per spox.”
NBC News reporter Sahil Kapur confirmed that as well.
“For those wondering: Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin remain opposed to a filibuster exception for Roe/abortion protections, per their offices, despite Biden’s call today,” he reported on Twitter.
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After the leak of the Dobbs decision in may, Manchin confirmed then that he would not change his position on the filibuster to allow for passage of the extreme pro-abortion bill.
The filibuster is a protection of democracy,” Manchin told reporters at the time.
Sinema was on the same page then as well, saying that “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.”
Biden laid out his call for a one-time change to the filibuster earlier today.
“I believe we have to codify Roe v. Wade in the law, and the way to do that is to make sure the Congress votes to do that” Biden said during a speech at the NATO summit.
“If the filibuster gets in the way, it’s like voting rights, it should be we provide an exception for this,” Biden continued.
The filibuster ensures that that rights of the minority in the Senate are protected and would require 60 votes for passage of a radical bill to legalize aboritons up to birth in every state in America because pro-life Republicans and Democrat Senator Joe Manchin would object to a vote on the bill. Without the filibuster, Democrats would have a hard time getting the measure through the chamber because Manchin would vote against it and there is the possibility that pro-abortion Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.
When the Senate defeated cloture on the bill earlier this year, Manchin, Collins and Murkowski all voted to uphold the filibuster.
The legislation is the misnamed Women’s Health Protection Act and not only would it legalize abortions up to birth nationwide, it would overturn every pro-life law in America.
Democrat leaders and many mainstream news outlets portray the bill as an effort to simply “codify the right to an abortion” in the U.S. in response to the likelihood that the Supreme Court will overturn Roe v. Wade later this year. The bill would:
- Eliminate all state and federal parental consent laws in relation to abortion
- Eliminate all state informed consent laws, including those that allow women to view an ultrasound prior to abortion
- Prevent states from passing laws to protect babies at 20 weeks, thereby joining countries like North Korea, China, Vietnam, Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands in not protecting unborn children later in development
- Force doctors and nurses opposed to abortion to lose their jobs, and Catholic hospitals could lose public funds unless they perform abortions
- Eliminate decades-long limitations on direct taxpayer funding of abortion – including the popular Hyde Amendment, which has saved more than 2 million lives since enacted
In short, the legislation would overturn all federal and state pro-life laws and make it illegal for elected officials to even introduce pro-life legislation.
Bans on partial-birth abortions, sex-selection abortions and taxpayer-funded abortions would be gone if the bill passes. 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.
The bill passed the House last year, so if Democrats can get it through the Senate the radical pro-abortion measure will certainly be signed into law.
As LifeNews reported, the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, with a 6-3 majority ruling in the Dobbs case that “The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” — allowing states to ban abortions and protect unborn babies. The high court also ruled 6-3 uphold the Mississippi 15-week abortion ban so states can further limit abortions and to get rid of the false viability standard.
Chief Justice John Roberts technically voted for the judgment but, in his concurring opinion, disagreed with the reasoning and said he wanted to keep abortions legal but with a new standard.
Texas and Oklahoma had banned abortions before Roe was overturned and Missouri became the first state after Roe to protect babies from abortions and South Dakota became the 2nd. Then Arkansas became the third state protecting babies from abortions and Kentucky became the 4th and Louisiana became the 5th and Ohio became the 6th and Utah became the 7th and Oklahoma became the 8th and Alabama became the 9th. This week, Mississippi became the 10th and South Carolina became the 11th,Texas became the 12th with its pre-Roe law and Tennessee became the 13th.
Michigan, Wisconsin and West Virginia have old pro-life laws on the books but there is question about whether they are applicable and will be enforced.
Ultimately, as many as 26 states could immediately or quickly ban abortions and protect babies from certain death for the first time in nearly 50 years.
The 13 total states with trigger laws that would effectively ban all or most abortions are: Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.
“Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Alito wrote.
“Roe was egregiously wrong from the start. Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences,” Alito wrote. “And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and Casey have enflamed debate and deepened division.”
This is a landmark day for the Pro-Life movement and our entire nation. After staining the moral fabric of our country for nearly 50 years, Roe v. Wade is no more.
Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer authored a joint dissent condemning the decision as enabling states to enact “draconian” restrictions on women.