Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is making a seemingly inexplicable move to bring up an extremely radical abortion bill for a vote in a 50-50 Senate just as this year’s midterm elections are heating up. The bill is virtually sure to fail, but the call for a vote looks to be a concession to the leftists in the progressive Democratic base.
The bill is titled the Women’s Health Protection Act. It would preclude virtually all state and local regulations on abortions, making the procedure legal up to the moment of birth and removing the power of medical professionals to refuse to participate on moral or ethical grounds.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and pro-abortion Republican Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) have said they are going to be “no” votes, leaving the bill with no mathematical possibility of success.
As a measuring stick for Democratic fanaticism over abortion, the bill presents Schumer with the chance to put “purple” swing state Democrats on the record before the elections this fall. If Republicans can capitalize, they should gladly thank Schumer for the gift.
It isn’t easy to understand other than viewing Schumer’s move as another attempt to govern the nation as if it all were just like New York City. Only 17 percent of Americans, and just 31 percent of Democrats, favor eliminating all abortion restrictions as essentially provided for in the bill.
A floor vote before the Senate will require vulnerable Democrats facing re-election fights this year like Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) and Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) to go on the record on a measure far outside the mainstream. Even Democrats who are not back up for election until 2024, like Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), will feel the sting of the vote years later.
Senate Democrats have already shown how close they are to eliminating the legislative filibuster in the upper chamber. Such a move would place the radical leftists within a reasonable striking range of passing bills as wildly radical as the Women’s Health Protection Act.