The 2022 midterm elections will have dramatic consequences on the direction of the United States of America.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested this week that the legislative filibuster should be abolished from U.S. Senate rules, enabling Democrats to codify abortion and same-sex ‘marriage’ into federal law.
“Elections have consequences, and if we can just pick up a couple more Democratic senators to wipe back the filibuster, then we can again enshrine into the law a woman’s right to choose, enshrine marriage equality into the law, so that we don’t have fear of again diminishing freedom in our country,” Pelosi said.
“Our history has always been to expand freedom. The courts have played a role in that, and now they may roll it back. But I have hope because of all of you.”
PELOSI: “Elections have consequences, and if we can just pick up a couple more Democratic senators to wipe back the filibuster, then we can again enshrine into the law a woman’s right to choose, enshrine marriage equality into the law, so that we don’t have fear.” pic.twitter.com/s8E5IP01nq
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Pelosi’s pitch references the U.S. Supreme Court’s impending decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which concerns Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. A leaked draft of a majority opinion by conservative Justice Samuel Alito has primed observers to expect the Court to finally overturn 1973’s Roe v. Wade, allowing the elected branches of government to directly set abortion policy.
In preparation for a near future in which the elected branches of Congress may once again be free to directly prohibit abortion, Democrats and their allies have renewed their pushes to codify the “right” to abortion in federal and state law, something they cannot muster the Senate votes to achieve under the chamber’s current filibuster rules, which require 60 votes for most types of legislation.
Abolishing the legislative filibuster would enable controversial bills to pass with a simple majority, but Democrat Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia have opposed going that far, to the frustration of left-wing activists.
Pelosi’s comments also reflect one of Democrats’ favorite talking points in response to the Dobbs leak, which is to stoke fears of an “extremist” Court overturning other unrelated precedents.