Sanders calls on Congress to end filibuster if necessary to protect abortion rights

Senator Bernie Sanders on Saturday called it unacceptable to sit down and watch the United States Supreme Court possibly end women’s right to access abortion care and said her colleagues in the Senate should act urgently to end the filibuster and codify into federal law the protections afforded. through Roe vs. Wade – the historic decision now under the most serious threat since its first decision in 1973.

In an email to supporters, The Vermont Independent and former presidential candidate said that a final court ruling to uphold a Mississippi law that would ban nearly all abortions at just 15 weeks pregnant “would mean that the governments of many states would have the capacity to make it virtually impossible for women to access an abortion.

“The truth is, despite the overwhelming opposition of the American people,” Sanders continued, “there is a very good chance that this conservative Supreme Court will vote to overturn Roe vs. Wade. “

Such a result is “not acceptable”, he said. “We cannot stand idly by and allow this Supreme Court to jeopardize the privacy rights of all Americans and the right of a woman to control her own body.”

Warning that the consequences of Roe deer being overturned “would be disastrous and threaten the very lives of American women – and that is no exaggeration,” said Sanders, said the obvious new reality is that the courts can no longer be trusted to defend the law fundamental women to choose.

“So Congress must act,” he said. “We must pass a law that codifies Roe vs. Wade like the law of the land in this land. And if there aren’t 60 votes to do it, and there aren’t, we need to reform the filibuster to pass it with 50 votes.

While the US House passed the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) in September, mostly along party lines, the US Senate remains the only obstacle to establishing federal law.

In a tweet on Saturday, Sanders suggested that no one in 2021 should agree to the United States backing down on basic reproductive rights.

In his letter, Sanders said that the story of the GOP’s attack on reproductive rights had not only been relentless for half a century, but that their entire assault was seen as “extraordinary hypocrisy”:

Every day on the Senate floor, I hear Republicans, over and over again, chanting their right-wing mantra. “Take government out of people’s lives. “” Take the government off the back of the American people. “” Put an end to the state of nurse. “Let the people, not the government, decide what is good for them. And so on, the rhetoric continues.

When it comes to ending the shame of the United States for being the only great country on Earth that does not guarantee health care as a right, their response: “I have to keep the government out of people’s lives. people. ”

When it comes to preventing drug companies from charging outrageous prices for life-saving drugs that people need in this country: “I have to keep the government out of people’s lives. ”

When it comes to asking people who want to buy a handgun or an assault weapon to pass a simple background check: “I have to keep the government out of people’s lives. ”

But when it comes to telling every woman in America what she can and can’t do with her own body, whether or not she can access reproductive health care, all of a sudden my fellow Republicans are supporters of a very large and oppressive government. Whether at the local, state or federal level, they believe politicians should make decisions about what is a deeply personal decision for women.

What hypocrisy!

Earlier this week, after Wednesday’s oral argument as the United States Supreme Court heard the Mississippi case known as the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health OrganizationSenator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was among many who have expressed concern over indications that the court’s right-wing judges are more than willing to undermine the protections provided by Roe deer.

Appearing on MSNBC later that evening, Warren said if the High Court overturned Roe deer there will be a race in the GOP controlled states to completely destroy access to abortion and it will be the poorest in the hardest hit states.

“It won’t fall on women who have the means,” Warren said. “It’s not going to fall on women who can buy a plane ticket and go to New York, Massachusetts or California. It will not fall on these women. It will fall on women who are poor. It will fall on women who already have children and who cannot leave. It will fall on the women who hold three jobs. This is going to fall on young girls who have been assaulted and who may not even know they are pregnant until the onset of pregnancy. That’s who it will fall on.

Such a result, she continued, “does not only take away a woman’s right to make a decision. It deprives a woman of the right to continue to build a future for herself.”

When asked if there was a legislative solution, Warren replied, “This is a filibuster problem.

Like Sanders, Warren cited the existing Women’s Health Protection Act which she said “simply says that under federal law the decision to continue with a pregnancy is a woman’s decision” and nobody else.

“We took it through the House,” Warren said. “I think we could pass it in the Senate, but we can’t get 60 votes to get past an obstruction. It is once again that we see systematic obstruction blocking the will of the majority. You know, anything that has support across this country at a 70-80% level is something that we should be able to present to the United States Senate and vote on it. “

If WMPA were to pass, she added, “the rule of Roe deer would then be the rule not only in Massachusetts, California or New York. That would be the rule across the country. We need to get rid of the filibuster.