Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2022-06-24 11:11:05 –
Now that the Supreme Court’s case of Roe v. Wade in the 1970s has been overturned, abortion could be banned in dozens of states in the coming months.
The ruling gives the state the option to enact its own law on abortion.
Republican-owned states may push for abortion bans, but Congress has the option of either enacting a national abortion ban or legalizing abortion nationwide.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi argued on Friday that a Republican-led parliament would enforce a national abortion ban.
“In November of this year, reproductive freedom was on the ballot,” Pelosi said. “We cannot hold them accountable so that they can set their goal of criminalizing reproductive freedom.”
When Congressional Democrats try to pass the law to codify the right to abortion into federal law, it will start a whole new court battle.
But it is doubtful that the Democrats now have the votes they need to do it. The Senate is divided into 50-50. Some moderate Democrats have expressed opposition to lifting the Senate filibuster, which requires 60 votes.
One of the people who has opposed filibuster is Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat in West Virginia. He hopes that a sufficient number of Republicans will support the codification of the right to abortion nationwide.
“I support the law that codifies the rights that the Roe v. Wade case had previously protected,” he said. “I hope the Democrats and Republicans will come together and submit a bill to do just that.”
So far, few Republicans have expressed tolerance for such measures.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has already shown that he may try to do something alone when the actual opinion goes down.
The president instructed his gender policy council and the White House advisory office to “prepare options for an administrative response.”
New court battles will emerge and they will probably involve the White House.
A report from Joe St. George contributed to this story.
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