Sen. Collins and I in February introduced a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade. I thought it made sense then, and I think it makes perhaps more sense now; Senator Lisa Murkowski (R_AK)
Before anyone dares get their hopes that Roe gets codified and can pass the Senate despite the shenanigans of Joe Manchin and Kristen Sinema over the filibuster, remember that both Collins and Murkowski voted against the Women’s Health Protection Act back in February. They are Republicans and can not be trusted.
The bill would have barred governments from limiting access to drugs and abortion services or from requiring health care providers to perform unnecessary medical procedures.
It failed by a vote of 46-48, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) also voting against it.
She also suggested it would mean that conservative nominees gave her the wrong impression about whether they would uphold the right to an abortion.
“If it goes it goes in the direction that this leaked copy has indicated, I will just tell you that it rocks my confidence in the court right now,” she said.
Murkowski said Republican-nominated justices she met with during the Senate confirmation process told her that they viewed Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that established the right to an abortion, as settled law and precedent and gave her the impression they would uphold it.
“I think there were some representations made with regards to precedent and settled [law],” she said, declining to reveal which justices she had in mind. “Comments were made to me and to others about Roe being settled and precedent.”
Fellow centrist Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) released a statement earlier in the day saying that if Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted to strike down Roe v. Wade it would be “completely inconsistent” with how they told her they viewed the decision during their Senate confirmation processes.
What a surprise! The Federalist Society is a right-wing MAGA fringe cult. I’m sure they were both warned that overturning Roe would undoubtedly happen.
Now Murkowski said she’s open to considering legislation to codify Roe v. Wade, something that Democrats are discussing bringing to the floor.
“Sen. Collins and I in February introduced a bill that would codify Roe v. Wade. I thought it made sense then and I think it makes perhaps more sense now,” she said.
They may have introduced the bill, but they didn’t vote for it. Still, Murkowski’s comment does offer a sliver of hope.
I couldn’t sleep last night; the Supreme Court decision haunted me, and Roe is only the first of many to fall in their effort to repeal the twentieth century.
I am preparing myself to suffer yet again when they stab the EPA in the heart. With a likely send it to congress fix this bullshit defense. They know the EPA’s regulatory power to fight climate change would never pass there. I’ve said for years that the GQP would kill us all.
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