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    The pro-abortion protests were organized by Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, and other organizations that prioritize access to abortion. Organizers of the protests said that these demonstrations mark the start of a potential “summer of rage” if the Supreme Court moves forward with repealing Roe. There were more than 400 pro-abortion demonstrations on Saturday. Despite this massive turn out, a recently conducted CNN poll indicates that a potential overturn of Roe will likely galvanize Republicans to come out and vote in the upcoming midterm elections more than it will Democrats. The results of the poll came after the May 2 leak of the draft Supreme Court opinion and they indicated that enthusiasm for voting is lower among Democrats than it is among Republicans. 56% of Republican respondents said they were “extremely/very enthusiastic” about the upcoming election cycle while only 43% of Democrats said they felt similarly. The Democratic Party and nonprofit groups affiliated with the party were able to raise millions of dollars shortly after the draft opinion leaked. This enthusiasm for donating to left-wing causes and...
    Nancy Pelosi blamed 'creature' Donald Trump for emboldening the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and said the case was 'won a long time ago' as Senator Bernie Sanders demands the upper chamber continuously bring the bill codifying abortion rights until it's passed. 'This is not about a long game. We played a long game – we won Roe v. Wade a long time ago. We voted to protect it over time. We have elected a Democratic House of Representatives that is pro-choice,' the House Speaker told CNN's Dana Bash on Sunday. 'Let's not take our eye off the ball,' she added. 'The ball is: This Court, which is dangerous to the freedoms of our country.' Bash noted that conservatives have had the goal for decades to overturn the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade that made abortion constitutionally protected and pointed out that some are critical of Democratic leaders, claiming they 'should have seen this coming.' 'Who would have ever suspected that a creature like Donald Trump would become President of the United States, wading a list of...
    On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that Democrats have moved away from their former position of “safe, legal, and rare” on abortion and argued that “No one should be pro-abortion.” Maher began by stating that due to polarization on the issue there will be a division among states like before the Civil War and there will be some states “where you’re a free woman” and others “where it’s a Dred Scott situation.” And “a lot of these states, it’s going to be a race to the bottom to see who can get the harshest treatment or give out the harshest treatment.” He added that there isn’t bipartisanship on the issue and “Democrats aren’t there either. The phrase in that era, Clinton era, his phrase, safe, legal, and rare. And I think that’s when Democrats were aligned with most Americans. I think that’s what most Americans want, safe, legal, and rare. That’s not where the Democrats are now. They don’t say that anymore. In fact, their own caucus on this in the House this week said, we don’t...
    by Sebastian Hughes   Both Republicans and Democrats have been forced to reconfigure their election strategies only six months before the midterms due to the unprecedented leak from the Supreme Court indicating Roe v. Wade will be overturned. Many Democrats have made clear they intend to hammer opponents across the aisle on the implications of Roe being overturned and while Republicans have celebrated the decision, several have largely focused on the leak and others have been reluctant to press the abortion issue. The Republican campaign strategy has instead emphasized other issues ahead of the midterms, such as increased prices due to inflation and the ongoing energy crisis. “The top issue is still inflation. People are worried about the rising cost of gas and rising prices at the grocery store. That is what is affecting people’s everyday lives,” Torunn Sinclair, national press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Candidates in battleground races have argued that abortion would likely still exist in their states without Roe. In Nevada, leading Republican Senate primary candidate Adam Laxalt called the...
    Gov. Gavin Newsom was smart to attack fellow Democrats for being wimps in the culture wars, including the fight over abortion rights — whether he was all wet or not. It was good party politics. That harsh rhetoric and a lot more like it can propel him onto the national political stage, appeal to progressive Democrats who are impatient with the Biden administration and Congress — and begin to position himself for a future White House run. Newsom and his advisors, of course, insist there hasn’t been a whisper of discussion about him running for president and he isn’t even thinking about it. OK, but come on: For a California governor to look in the mirror and not see a future president wouldn’t be human. Never mind that a California Democrat has never been nominated for president and the odds of one getting elected are steeper than Rich Strike winning the Kentucky Derby at 80 to 1. But that doesn’t mean Newsom wouldn’t be tempted to try given half an opportunity. Like if President Biden didn’t run for reelection in 2024. More likely,...
    A bill Democrats pushed to shut down state pro-life laws and force doctors throughout the country to perform abortions, even if doing so violates their faith beliefs, failed to advance in the Senate Wednesday. Desperate to appeal to his party’s radical leftist supporters in the wake of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion in a case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said the vote was “urgent” to prevent states from restricting abortions within their borders. “For MAGA Republicans, this has always been about making abortion illegal everywhere,” Schumer said in another swipe at former President Donald Trump and his supporters on the floor of the Senate. Americans will not forget who voted to protect a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body—who voted to protect abortion rights. Today’s vote was just one step. We cant allow this shameful backslide from MAGA Republicans. We will keep fighting for women’s rights. — Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 11, 2022 Democrat leaders insisted the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) would simply “codify” the...
    Few Americans have any clue just how extreme most Republicans are when it comes to abortion. The other side likes to caterwaul about so-called partial-birth abortion—which isn’t really a thing—or so-called late-term abortions, which happen so rarely and under such extraordinary circumstances, it’s hard to imagine anyone with even a rudimentary heart could remain unmoved by the stories of the people who are compelled to get them.  All that makes sense, of course. No one is going to carry a fetus to full term, only to decide at the last minute that they’re just not feeling it anymore. Childbirth is not like a date with Donald Trump Jr.—only with slightly fewer opioids and marginally less unintelligible screaming. You can’t just back out the moment the surgical implements and ether make their first appearance. If a woman is tragically forced to seek an abortion late in her pregnancy, it’s almost always because her life is in danger or the fetus is nonviable. But that’s just common sense. On the other hand, the horror stories liberals can—and most likely soon will—tell about the vile excesses of the...
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate Democratic minority tried unsuccessfully to force consideration Thursday of nine abortion and health-related bills that the Republican majority has kept bottled up in committee, saying it was critical to take a stand even though they lacked the votes to prevail. The leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision and sharply curtail abortion rights in roughly half the states has energized both sides of the abortion debate in Minnesota. While it’s unlikely that any abortion measures will pass the divided Legislature before the May 23 adjournment deadline, the issue is certain to take on new importance in the November elections. READ MORE: Next Weather Alert: 'Particularly Dangerous' T-Storm Watch Issued For SW MinnesotaSenate Minority Leader Melisa López Franzen, of Edina, said her fellow Democrats wanted to send a message to Minnesota residents that they will fight to protect their privacy and reproductive rights, including the right to abortion, while Republicans won’t. Sen. Jennifer McEwen led off the debate by trying to bring up...
    Christine Queally Wed, May 11, 7:54 PM (19 hours ago) to Chris, Jennifer, David, Editors, reporters, webdesk, Web The House Pro-Choice Caucus wants Democrats to choose not to call abortion a "choice" and instead refer to it as a "decision" because, the group argues, the prevailing phrasing can be harmful to the abortion rights cause. In a memo to staff, the group of lawmakers advised Democrats on the "Do's and Don'ts" of abortion messaging as the party mobilizes for the midterm elections after the leak of a Supreme Court draft majority opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade if it becomes the final decision. WATCH: JUSTICE AMY CONEY BARRETT'S NEIGHBOR TELLS PROTESTERS TO 'GO HOME AND GET A FAMILY' Abortion rights activists have long referred to abortion as a woman's "choice," often dubbing themselves "pro-choice." Even the caucus bears the term in its name. The recommended abortion rhetoric reboot has been subject to internal scrutiny by some Democrats unsure about changes, Politico reported. Meanwhile, conservative activists have been deploying the term "choice" more frequently in...
    Voters are more worried about inflation than “abortion rights” heading into the midterm elections, a Rasmussen Reports survey released Thursday found. They survey listed a series of issues — inflation, the coronavirus, violent crime, immigration, climate change, and “abortion rights” — and asked residents to gauge their level of concern with each.  Eighty-seven percent say they are concerned with inflation — a top issue among voters. That includes 94 percent of Republicans, 84 percent of Democrats, and 83 percent of independents.  Across the board, 63 percent said the same regarding “abortion rights” —  24 percent less than inflation. That includes 54 percent of Republicans, 78 percent of Democrats, and 55 percent of independents — meaning every group individually is also more concerned about inflation than “abortion rights.”  What issues are ALL voters "Very Concerned" about? Inflation – 60%Crime – 51%Illegal immigration – 47%Abortion rights – 42%Climate change – 32%COVID – 22%https://t.co/Vl1vtmO1vX#inflation#abortionrights pic.twitter.com/zP3u6Y41Ro — Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) May 12, 2022 Voters are also more concerned by other issues as well:  More voters are concerned about violent crime and illegal immigration than...
    Illinois Democratic congressional candidate Chris Butler blasted his party for ignoring the legacy of civil rights leaders and pushing people out amid debate over the anticipated Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade. Among approximately 20 Democrats who have vied to replace retiring Illinois Rep. Bobby Rush in the state's 1st Congressional District, Butler has distinguished himself with his stance on abortion. Butler told Fox & Friends Thursday that there are Democrats who believe in alternatives to abortion. “I think we have to make room in this party for folks who understand that the fundamental right to make the decision of when and where you are going to have a baby is a real freedom that we need to protect,” Butler said. “Offering an abortion is just not the way protect that freedom.” Instead, the congressional candidate suggested policy reforms that would enforce a culture of consent, decrease domestic violence, and close income and wealth gaps between men and women. Butler, who is also a pastor, suggested it is crazy...
    Joe Scarborough is less than impressed with Democratic-led Congress, and let Morning Joe viewers know exactly why during a Thursday morning that will resonate with many. At issue is Wednesday’s failed vote on expanding abortion rights but forth by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. Not only did they miss the mark of 60 votes necessary to pass, but they even failed to reach a majority as Senator Joe Manchin joined Republicans voting against the measure for a final tally of 51-49. Scarborough wondered aloud, given Roe v. Wade has 70% of American support, why not just advance a bipartisan bill that would pass, instead of adding a number of other items that effectively ensured its defeat. After John Heileman suggested that perhaps the strategy is to vote on a more acceptable bipartisan bill closer to the midterm elections, Scarborough just called out Democratic Congress. “The story of the democratic congress, thus far, is wildly overshooting the mark,” Scarborough noted. “And getting nothing from it.” Mika Brzezinski quickly chimed in to correctly note, “well, they want to know where people stand.” “You...
    SACRAMENTO —  Gov. Gavin Newsom was smart to attack fellow Democrats for being wimps in the culture wars, including the fight over abortion rights — whether he was all wet or not. It was good party politics. That harsh rhetoric and a lot more like it can propel him onto the national political stage, appeal to progressive Democrats who are impatient with the Biden administration and Congress — and begin to position himself for a future White House run. Newsom and his advisors, of course, insist there hasn’t been a whisper of discussion about him running for president and he isn’t even thinking about it. OK, but come on: For a California governor to look in the mirror and not see a future president wouldn’t be human. Never mind that a California Democrat has never been nominated for president and the odds of one getting elected are steeper than Rich Strike winning the Kentucky Derby at 80 to 1. So, yes, anything’s possible in horseracing and political marathons. “But don’t bet your nest egg on it at one of the state’s...
    (CNN)The Democratic Party's first major bid to save abortion rights since the leak of the Supreme Court's draft opinion did more to expose the party's helplessness in the face of Roe v. Wade's possible demise than to unleash the kind of generational battle that conservatives mounted to threaten the landmark ruling.Senate Democratic leaders knew their vote Wednesday to codify the 1973 Supreme Court decision into law would fail. But ahead of a possible court decision abolishing the constitutional right to end a pregnancy, Democrats hope the symbolism of the vote will help them reframe the stakes of November's midterm elections, setting up a contrast with what they believe is a coming example of conservative extremism. They want to ignite a backlash to such a ruling in order to energize their prospects in a midterm environment that doesn't look good for their party. Key vote to protect access to abortion fails in the Senate"Every senator will have to vote and every, every American will see how they voted," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, told reporters before the...
    Almost immediately after a draft Supreme Court opinion overturning abortion rights leaked last week, Democrats turned to a familiar method for managing their outrage: opening their wallets. The Democratic online fundraising platform ActBlue handled $12 million of contributions to pro-abortion rights groups and candidates in the 24 hours after the Politico story was released. Meanwhile, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, which supports state house candidates, saw a 1,200 percent increase in traffic the night the story was published, said DLCC spokesperson Christina Polizzi. They raised over $650,000 in 48 hours, their best fundraising days of the year. After the initial shock of the story, Democratic candidates and groups moved quickly and aggressively to bombard email inboxes and saturate social media sites with pleas for campaign cash: at least two dozen posted hundreds of ads on Facebook alone in the days after the opinion leaked. Though most declined to specify the dollar amounts of those historic hauls, several key Democratic organizations said that their fundraising in the last week has broken records. David Turner, a spokesperson for the Democratic Governors Association,...
    Senate Democrats on Wednesday failed to pass legislation that would prohibit local, state, and federal governments from preventing abortions. The Senate attempted to invoke cloture and end debate on S. 4132, the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. The motion failed 49-51, as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) opposed the motion, and it required 60 votes to invoke cloture. The legislation would prohibit government restrictions on access to abortions. Specifically, the legislation states that governments may not limit a healthcare provider’s ability to: Prescribe certain drugs Offer abortion services via telemedicine Immediately provide abortion services when the provider determines a delay risks the patient’s health The legislation, according to Congress.gov, stipulates: In addition, governments may not (1) require patients to make medically unnecessary in-person visits before receiving abortion services or disclose their reasons for obtaining such services, or (2) prohibit abortion services before fetal viability or after fetal viability when a provider determines the pregnancy risks the patient’s life or health. The bill also prohibits other governmental measures that are similar to the bill’s specified restrictions or that otherwise...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats’ bill to write Roe v. Wade into law blocked by GOP-led filibuster as Supreme Court weighs abortion case. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Senate Democrats’ effort to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law failed Wednesday. An unprecedented leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court last week suggested that the court may soon strike down its own 1973 decision in Roe that legalized abortion nationwide. In response, Senate Democrats brought legislation to the floor they said would codify the standard set by the decision into federal law. But the effort was doomed from the start, as they did not have the votes to meet the 60-vote filibuster threshold to clear a procedural vote to advance the bill. Critics of the bill said the legislation would not have simply codified Roe, but would go beyond what Roe currently permits by overriding nearly every state-level abortion restriction, including those that have been held up by courts with Roe intact. SENATE DEMOCRATS' BILL TO CODIFY ROE GOES BEYOND MANY BLUE STATES ON ABORTION The House passed the Women's Health Protection Act last year, but it failed to advance in the Senate earlier this year. But the effort was revived...
    Democrats have demanded federal action to protect abortion rights in the wake of a leaked draft Supreme Court majority opinion that indicates the court will soon overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has insisted on a show vote for the WHPA even though everyone in the Senate understands that it will not pass. He has said that Republicans need to be put on the record opposing abortion rights, calling this vote "one of the most consequential we will take in decades." "All of us will have to answer for this vote for the rest of our time in public office," Schumer said in a floor speech Wednesday morning. "Before the day is over, every member of this body will make a choice [to] stand with women to protect their freedoms or stand with MAGA Republicans to take our country into a dark and repressive future." A bipartisan bill that would more narrowly codify Roe while permitting states to regulate abortions for health and safety and enact conscience protections for...
    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday announced that although he would vote to codify abortion, he is opposed to portions of the Senate bill to expand abortion rights and will not vote to pass the “Women’s Health Protection Act.” Because there is no federal legislation on the books that permits the legalization of abortion nationwide, Democrats are trying to find a way to codify the 1973 ruling the Supreme Court may strike down in the coming months. Manchin told CNN he will oppose Sen. Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) initiative to pass the “Women’s Health Protection Act” because it expands abortion past what states have designated as legal. Manchin hails from the conservative state of West Virginia. Last week, Schumer promised to hold a vote on Wednesday to put senators’ votes on record for midterm voters to weigh. The legislation has little chance of passing, as Manchin and Republicans will likely prevent Democrats from obtaining the 60-vote threshold. “[W]e are making sure that … every senator will have to vote and every, every American will see how they voted. And I believe...