Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema refuse to end filibuster in support of abortion rights bill

Politico caused a veritable earthquake this week when it published a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft that indicated five of nine justices are prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade.

In response, Senate Democrats announced plans to pass codifying abortion rights into federal law. However, two members of their own party just made clear that won’t be happening. 

According to Town Hall contributor Spencer Brown, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema “dashed” Democratic hopes by refusing to end the legislative filibuster.

The filibuster is a procedural rule which allows lawmakers to indefinitely stall legislation and can only be overcome with 60 votes.

Removing it would be necessary to pass the “Women’s Health Protection Act,” a bill that has already passed the House of Representatives and would prevent states from restricting abortion.

Currently, the Senate is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting a tie-breaking vote.

Washington Post White House reporter Seung Min Kim tweeted that Manchin had told her his opposition to removing the filibuster remained firm.

While Manchin has long proclaimed himself to be pro-life with regards to abortion, Sinema endorses abortion rights, a fact that she alluded to in a statement that was tweeted out after Politico published its piece on Monday.

The Arizona lawmaker argued that her refusal to end the filibuster will actually help to protect abortion over the long term.

“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” she wrote.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve always supported women’s access to health care, I’m a cosponsor of the Women’s Health Protection Act, and I’ll continue working with anyone to protect women’s ability to make decisions about their futures,” Sinema concluded.

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