Democratic Lawmakers Value Republican ‘Colleagues’ More Than Their Voters.
I’m still trying to process what’s happened in Texas.
As virtually all of us have heard by now, the most draconian pice of legislation preventing abortion was recently signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott. As though preventing abortions after six weeks before the overwhelming majority of women even know they’re pregnant wasn’t enough, perhaps even more disturbing is the means by which they intend to enforce it. There will be a $10,000 reward for anyone who successfully sues a woman or anyone who helps her to get it after 6 weeks, actively incentivizing people to harass and stalk women who they believe may be pregnant, surround and spy on clinics, and prey on poor women in the state during their most vulnerable moments who don’t have the means to travel elsewhere.
It’s certainly also worth noting that there is predictably no exception for rape, or incest.
But where has the Democratic party — particularly at the federal level — been during all of this? Where have Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and Joe Manchin been while the rights of women in Texas are being systematically stripped away by a piece of legislation that is already becoming a model for legislation in other right wing states across the country?
Unfortunately, they’ve been doing exactly what we can come to expect, which is next to nothing.
Joe Biden had his usual strongly worded statements, vowing to use the Justice Department to “examine the limits” of the anti-abortion law. Chuck Schumer had some words of his own, “blasting” the Supreme Court for refusing to block the legislation from taking effect until it worked its way up through the courts. Nancy Pelosi, after it’s too late, has decided to hold a vote on a law that would essentially codify Roe vs. Wade into law. Of course, even if it does pass, the Democrats still, to this day, have failed to abolish the filibuster, meaning — like with so many other pieces of legislation — it will likely be sent to the Senate to die.
Joe Biden’s position, even now, is still to keep the filibuster.