The US Democrats have failed in an attempt to enshrine abortion rights in federal law.
In a procedural vote in the Senate on Wednesday, just 49 of the 100 senators voted to go ahead with the bill. As expected, the majority of 60 votes required in this case was clearly missed.
Not only the 50 senators of the opposition Republicans voted unanimously against the bill. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin also voted no.
The background to the failed legislative initiative is the imminent repeal of a landmark ruling on abortion rights that has been in place for almost 50 years by the country’s Supreme Court. According to a draft judgment that has recently become public, the Supreme Court could issue a “Roe v. Wade” in 1973, which established a national right to abortion.
As a result, states would have a free hand to ban abortions or drastically restrict access to abortions. About half of the 50 states are likely to go this route if “Roe v. Wade” actually be tipped.
President Joe Biden’s Democrats wanted to enshrine the right to abortion in federal law across the country. In view of the extremely tight majority in the Senate, however, the procedure was doomed to fail from the start.
The Democrats wanted to use the vote to force the Republicans to publicly show their colors. They want to use the topic in the election campaign for the midterm congressional elections in November and mobilize voters. A majority of the US public votes to keep Roe v. Calf”.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called it “one of the most important votes in decades.” The senators would have the choice “to vote to protect the basic rights of women across the country or to side with five conservative justices who are willing to destroy those rights in one fell swoop.”