Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), who has lengthy offered himself as anti-abortion, stated he would vote for sweeping abortion rights laws, making centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) the only remaining anti-abortion Democratic senator.
Casey stated Tuesday that he would vote in favor of the Girls’s Well being Safety Act, which Democrats are advancing in response to the information of the draft opinion overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade determination legalizing abortion nationwide. The invoice would go additional than Roe and would assure entry to abortion by way of viability and past, if a medical supplier decided it was obligatory, and would additionally cancel state legal guidelines limiting entry to abortion.
Casey’s stance is new in that he explicitly stated he would vote for the ultimate passage of the invoice. He had beforehand voted to maneuver to ultimate consideration of the invoice when Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer introduced it up in February, however the measure didn’t get the 60 votes required to finish debate and overcome any filibusters. An identical consequence is predicted when Schumer brings up the invoice once more on Wednesday, however Casey outlined his assist for ultimate passage anyway.
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“In mild of the leaked Supreme Court docket determination draft overturning Roe v. Wade and subsequent reviews that Republicans within the U.S. Home and Senate will introduce laws to enact a nationwide six-week ban, the true query of the second is: Do you assist a categorical ban on abortion?” Casey stated Tuesday. “Throughout my time in public workplace, I’ve by no means voted for, nor do I assist, such a ban.”
Manchin has not stated how he’ll vote Wednesday, however he voted in opposition to ending debate and transferring to passage of the invoice in February and was the one Democrat to take action. Manchin, who has known as himself “a lifelong abortion opponent,” is a key swing vote within the Senate.
Schumer is transferring towards the vote with the intention of placing Republicans on document as being against abortion rights, a transfer that Democrats hope will assist them within the November midterm elections.
Casey has prior to now voted in favor of GOP-led laws to restrict abortion within the later levels of being pregnant, reminiscent of a ban on the process at 20 weeks, just some weeks sooner than the present regulation permits. He most not too long ago voted in favor of laws that might mandate medical take care of infants born after botched abortions.
The broader Democratic Celebration has moved left on abortion. Casey’s father, former Pennsylvania Gov. Bob Casey Sr., was one of many nation’s most high-profile anti-abortion Democrats. As governor, he signed a invoice into regulation in 1989 that imposed a 24-hour ready interval earlier than an abortion and required married ladies to inform their husbands. The regulation resulted within the landmark case Deliberate Parenthood v. Casey, during which the Supreme Court docket dominated 5-4 to uphold Roe whereas permitting state restrictions if the fetus was developed sufficient that it might survive outdoors the womb and the restrictions didn’t place an “undue burden” on ladies.
“How far in the present day’s Democratic Celebration has fallen from the time when Sen. Casey’s father would courageously stand as much as the abortion foyer,” Susan B. Anthony Checklist President Marjorie Dannenfelser informed the Washington Examiner. “In 2020, Sen. Casey voted to guard unborn infants from painful late-term abortions, however now, he has totally caved to Biden, Schumer, and different pro-abortion extremists in his celebration together with his vote to enshrine a nearly limitless abortion ‘proper’ in federal regulation. His assist for abortion-on-demand till the second of delivery is disgracefully out of contact with Pennsylvanians and most of America.”
Casey ran efficiently for Senate in 2006 on an anti-abortion platform however has not at all times voted in favor of anti-abortion measures. He has earned excessive marks from abortion rights teams for his voting document. As an example, NARAL Professional-Alternative America issued him a rating of 72% in 2020, whereas Deliberate Parenthood gave him a 62%. Manchin, in the meantime, was given a 48% from NARAL and a 43% from Deliberate Parenthood.
Wednesday’s vote on the laws is a results of a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court docket final week that signaled the conservative majority’s intention of overruling Roe.
“If this draft opinion turns into the ultimate opinion of the courtroom, I’ve critical considerations about what overturning nearly 50 years of authorized precedent will imply for girls in states passing close to or whole bans on abortion,” Casey stated following the leak. “Congress needs to be working to scale back the variety of abortions and unintended pregnancies and doing far more to assist ladies and households.”