Democrats are scrambling to restore the “right” to an abortion after the Supreme Court held that no such constitutional right exists.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) has told her Democratic colleagues that the House will soon vote on a bill to “codify” Roe v. Wade, the Washington Examiner reported.
Pelosi pushes to codify Roe
In her “Dear Colleague” letter, Pelosi cited Justice Clarence Thomas’s “disturbing” concurring opinion in Dobbs V. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which he called the right to an abortion “a policy goal in desperate search of a constitutional justification.”
Thomas also urged the Supreme Court to revisit other precedents based on the controversial “substantive due process” doctrine, such as Obergefell v. Hodges, which made gay marriage the law of the land, and Griswold v. Connecticut, which established the right to privacy and for married couples to use contraception.
Pelosi said that legislation “is being introduced to further codify freedoms which Americans currently enjoy.”
“In his disturbing concurrence, Justice Clarence Thomas confirmed many of our deepest fears about where this decision may lead: taking aim at additional long-standing precedent and cherished privacy rights, from access to contraception and in-vitro fertilization to marriage equality,” Pelosi wrote.
Even supposing Pelosi could get the votes to pass, it’s far from clear that a federal Roe-inspired law would survive legal scrutiny. Democrats would likely be leaning on the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce, a rationale the conservative Supreme Court might not find convincing.
Biden admits the truth
President Biden has called for an “exception” to the Senate filibuster to codify Roe, but he was forced to concede Friday that he doesn’t have the support from his own party to do so.
Biden said that Democrats need to win two more Senate seats to cancel out the “no” votes from Kyrsten Sinema (D-Az.) and Joe Manchin (D-Wv.), who have continued to support the filibuster.
“The filibuster should not stand in the way of us being able to do that, but right now we don’t have the votes in the Senate to change the filibuster,” Biden said. “That means we need two more votes.”
Democrats, despite all of their posturing about “democracy,” are terrified that the people will once again have the chance to weigh in on abortion.
The left’s answer is to change the rules of the game and ram Roe through Congress by a bare majority. Thankfully, it looks like their extremely divisive plan isn’t going anywhere.