This Wednesday, Democratic senators are poised to get the senate house to deliberate and vote in favor of the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. The proposed Act will see to the enactment of laws that protect the right of women to have access to abortion if they so choose.
There is urgency in getting the bill passed before the US Supreme Court makes official the content of the leaked SC draft. The leaked document info revealed a ruling reversing the high court’s 1973 judgment in favor of the right to have an abortion as argued in the Roe vs Wade case.
The pending reversal will nullify the decision, which for nearly 50 years has served as a precedent that stopped several US states from enforcing their respective anti-abortion laws. The Republican senators on the other hand, are more than ready to prevent the Democratic senators from putting the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 up on the senate voting block.
Why the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022 will Not Pass
Although the Lower House had passed the national pro-abortion legislation last year, the bill failed at the Upper House by a 46 to 48 voting results. It was not near the 60 votes required as the Senate was divided right in the middle with Mitch McConnell presiding as Senate Majority Leader.
Although the Democratic Party now has the upper hand as majority party with Senator Charles Schumer as the incumbent Senate majority Leader, pro-choice bill being pushed for is still expected to fail.
Senator Joe Manchin, the pseudo-Democratic senator from West Virginia said he will not support the bill. Although Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are also pro-choice, they will not vote in favor of the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. According to Sen. Collins the protection bill does not include language against gender oppression and white supremacy.
According to President Biden, voting for pro-choice lawmakers this coming November is the only way to get the pro-choice Act legislated and enacted.