After Supreme Court Opinion Draft Leak Overturning Roe v. Wade, Lawmakers Weigh Next Steps
Draft affects the calculus for November’s midterm elections
WASHINGTON—Democratic and Republican leaders are weighing their next political steps on abortion after a leaked draft opinion suggested that the Supreme Court was poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.
The prospect of such a ruling just months before midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress has Senate Democratic leaders planning to put on the floor next week a bill to codify the existing abortion right laid out by Roe and related court decisions. It has no chance of passing because of Republican opposition in a 50-50 Senate, where procedures require a supermajority to advance most legislation. But Democrats could point to the blockade in an attempt to energize voters, particularly as some GOP-led states mobilize to enact laws banning the procedure.
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