Legislation to codify national abortion protection Senate fell into filibuster for wednesday second time this year. It was a major, expected blow to the Democrats, as they voted against Roe v. Wade, which the Supreme Court is preparing to end this period.
Most Democrats, dismayed, went with the vote knowing it would fail, but hoping it would give them a record to come by in the midterms. The practice seems routine at this point: Democrats bring the bill to the table and, despite a majority in both chambers, important legislation — like the Voting Rights and Women’s Health Protection Act — dies by a Republican filibuster.
But reproductive health and justice organizations tell HuffPost that enough is enough.
Forty of these groups have rallied to eliminate the filibuster – a mysterious political process that could delay or prevent a full floor vote on a piece of legislation. In a statement shared exclusively with HuffPost, Fix Our Senate, a coalition of justice organizations, addressed issues of structural democracy such as Filbuster and how they organize abortion and voting rights for the most marginalized communities across the country. Rejects form, connects the dots between.
“Over and over again, the rotten structures of our democracy deprive our federal legislature of the ability to enforce the will of the people,” the statement said. “Democratic and anti-abortion actors are capitalizing on the success of their coordinated, well-funded and dangerous GOP-led strategy to deny people … their right to vote and access abortion. are one of them.”
Groups supporting the mobilization call include NARAL Pro-Choice America, Women’s March, Whole Women’s Health, We Testify, National Advocates for Pregnant Women, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and a few dozen others.
“The same lawmakers who are blocking black and brown people from voting are banning our bodies,” Tammy Boyd, chief policy officer and attorney at Black Women’s Health Imperative, told HuffPost.
“We need to advocate for both democracy reform and abortion access – they are inextricably linked issues that we saw yesterday when the Senate failed to pass legislation most Americans want.”
“Democratic and anti-abortion actors are capitalizing on the success of their coordinated, well-funded and dangerous GOP-led strategy to deny people … their right to vote and access abortion. are one of them.”
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Some political groups point to the filibuster as a tool that has helped even pro-pro-hibit advocates in the past. Wendy Davis’ 13 Hour Filmbuster Against the anti-abortion law in Texas in 2013. But reproductive justice organizations today dispel that notion: “We are not under the illusion that sticking to Filbuster will protect us now,” the statement reads.
As they stand, American institutions are not designed to represent the majority of Americans, said Renee Bracey Sherman, executive director and founder of We Testify, an abortion storytelling group.
“We voted to give the Democrats the House, the Senate, and the White House, and yet, we cannot pass pro-popular policies, because our democratic institutions are not designed to represent the majority of our country.” ,” He said. “We really need to put an end to the archaic and racist processes for a more just democracy, because without a real change to our foundation, people who need abortions will always be at risk.”
The Women’s Health Protection Act, originally introduced in Congress in 2013, was last passed in the House, but failed to pass In the Senate in March because of the filibuster. The law would create federal protections for providing and access to abortion services, effectively codifying the row by providing safeguards against state restrictions and medically unnecessary barriers.
A draft Supreme Court decision leaked last week, revealing that the High Court is expected to overturn Roe in a matter of weeks, when it rules in the Dobbs v. Mississippi focuses on abortion restrictions. The leaked draft sent shock waves through the country – with many Republicans claiming victory and Democrats and abortion scrambling to find a last-minute stopgap.
Several members of Congress wrote to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.N.Y.) on Wednesday with a renewed sense of urgency to eliminate filibuster before the WHPA vote.
“This isn’t the first time many people in Congress have called for an end to Filbuster, but every day when we let this tool be, we see it do it for our constituents, our families, and our friends. presents catastrophic danger,” the letter reads. “The Row has been the law of the land for nearly fifty years, and the basic fairness and consistency of our law demands that it not be overturned.”
The letter was signed by 113 House members, including Representatives Corey Bush (D-Mo.), Pro-Choice Caucus Chairs Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Diana Daggett (D-Colo.), as well as the main sponsor. Women’s Health Protection Act, Rep. Judy Choo (D-California) K.
Tamika Middleton, managing director of the Women’s March, said, “Women in this country are counting on Senate Democrats to do their job, fix the broken institution, end the filibuster, and ultimately bring in a federal law.” Codifying women’s rights.” HuffPost via email. “We’ve said for years that filibuster is a matter of life or death for so many people in America — and now, with the end of Roe and Casey, it really is. It’s time to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act. The time to dismantle the filibuster is now. Time to fix our Senate — well, that was yesterday, but now is better than ever.”
Read the full fix of our Senate statement here.