Crucial Democrat Reveals Position on Party’s Abortion Bill

Crucial Democrat Reveals Position on Party’s Abortion Bill

Sen. (D-W.Va.) has let the world know where he stands on his party’s bill to expand rights nationwide ahead of today’s vote.

The West Virginia Democrat told reporters that while he would vote for a bill that codified Roe v. Wade, the alternative proposed by his colleagues goes too far.

As The Hill’s Jordain Carney reports:

Manchin’s decision, which he had kept a tight lid on all week, means the bill will fall short of even getting 50 votes in the Senate, where it will be opposed by all Republicans. It would need 60 votes to advance.

While it wasn’t expected to pass, there will now be bipartisan opposition.

“I was hopeful that the Democratic Party having control of the agenda would put a piece of legislation forward to codify Roe v. Wade,” Manchin told reporters. He added that polls show most Americans support Roe.

Yet even favorable surveys hide the nuances most Americans feel on the issue. And they are by no means conclusive.

Perhaps realizing the political reality, Manchin condemned the Women’s Health Protection Act. He concluded by saying today’s bill isn’t about codifying Roe but expanding abortion.

According to the senator, it would “wipe 500 state laws off the books.”

Carney adds:

Manchin was also the only Democrat who voted against the bill earlier this year, but Wednesday’s vote comes in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft that, if the Court’s final decision, would strike down Roe v. Wade.

The draft decision has supercharged the fight over abortion on Capitol Hill, with Democrats pledging to use it as a key midterm issue.

Overall, Republicans remain confident that Democrats won’t boost their voters’ enthusiasm and swing voters won’t like what many consider to be their increasing pro-abortion extremism.

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