Currents News Staff
The battle over abortion rights appears to be heading to the Senate floor.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Sunday he will be putting a bill to codify Roe v Wade up for a vote later this week.
Democrats are hoping they can preserve abortion rights that way.
On Sunday, which was Mother’s Day, dozens of women in Kansas City protested in support of Roe v. Wade.
“Once they take away abortion, they’re going to take away birth control, I mean who knows what comes next? It’s a slippery slope,” said Lorraine Goodrich.
Schumer says he plans to file a motion for a procedural vote Monday, which could see a full Senate vote on the controversial issue Wednesday.
“I think Roe v Wade created a constitutional right that doesn’t exist in the written constitution. It’s created division from the first day it was decided until now,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina.
The Women’s Health Protection Act bill to codify Roe, pushed by Schumer and other Senate democrats, would need at least ten republican votes to overcome a G.O.P. filibuster.
Hitting that threshold is unlikely.
“If America’s people, America’s women and men who love them do not fight right now, we will lose the basic right to make decisions, to have bodily autonomy, and to decide what our futures look like,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York.
There are so-called ‘trigger laws’ in 13 states, which would quickly ban abortion if Roe is overturned.
One of those states is Mississippi and its governor, Tate Reeves, says ending Roe would be a big win for the pro-life movement.
“We’re trying to provide those potential expectant mothers the resources that they need so they can go to a full-term pregnancy. If they choose to keep that child, then that’s a great outcome,” said Reeves.