UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Monday, September 6, 2021
Pro-life Americans celebrated Texas the ban of abortions after a heartbeat could be detected in a fetus. Over the holiday weekend however, Democrats unified around a message about what actions were required to respond to the ban.
Many Democrats have demanded federal legislation to enshrine Roe V. Wade into law as it has been only a Supreme Court precedent without legislative backing. Texas Rep. Veronica Escobar (D), who cosponsored the proposed pro-abortion legislation, said she believed Texas’s abortion ban made the state a dangerous place for women and children.
“Texas is now a very dangerous place for women and children,” she claimed. “We are gonna see more states basically import this law and do everything possible to create the most hostile conditions for women in our country.”
No freedom is more precious than life itself.
Starting today, every unborn child with a heartbeat will be protected from the ravages of abortion.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 1, 2021
When the Supreme Court denied a request to block the Texas law, Escobar demanded the court be expanded and the filibuster abolished. Taking a similar tack, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) noted without 60 votes in the Senate, she too believed the filibuster must be abolished to pass a federal abortion law.
“I believe we should abolish the filibuster,” she stated. “I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand.”
Democrats calling for the end of the filibuster to pass through their political priorities has been nothing new. However, the same Democrat holdouts who refused to get rid of the constitutional measure, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz), have not said they would reconsider just because of the abortion ban.
Every human life has inherent value and dignity regardless of the stage of development, race, age, gender, or ability. I remain unwavering in my support for the sanctity of life and am grateful the Supreme Court upheld the Texas Heartbeat Act. #ProLife
— Rep. Doug Lamborn (@RepDLamborn) September 2, 2021
On top of the 60 vote requirement to pass the law through the Senate, the law could be rendered unnecessary by the court at a later date. Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy (La.) noted the court’s ruling had nothing to do with the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade itself.
Rather, he believed the Supreme Court might overturn the Texas law and added Democrats have used the narrow ruling to rile up their own base for fundraising purposes.
“The ruling on SCOTUS was that the plaintiffs did not have standing. It had nothing to do with the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade. It was only on if the plaintiffs had standing. People are using it to gin up their base to distract from the disastrous policies in Afghanistan,” he expressed. “I think the Supreme Court will swat it away once it comes to them in an appropriate manner.”
Amid Democrats push to expand abortion, pro-life groups are saying they feel emboldened to fight to keep Texas’s law on the books, while also bringing similar abortion bans to other states.