Amy Klobuchar Reveals Push To End The Filibuster After TX Abortion Ban

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In the wake of Texas’ new anti-abortion law, a law other red states have said they are willing to “consider” introducing, it’s long past time for Democrats in Congress, Democrats who were voted in by American citizens who were promised leaders who would fight for their most basic and fundamental rights, to do something. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) says she knows exactly what that should be.

While moderate Democrats like Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) have said they refuse to discuss abolishing the filibuster on issues like voting rights, rights that ensure every American has a voice in their representation, Klobuchar told Dana Bash of CNN that conservatives on the Supreme Court refusing to stay Texas’ new anti-abortion is more indication than ever that it’s time for the filibuster to go.

‘In the past when they had cases that were so blatantly against Roe v. Wade, they would stay those cases when such requests came up. They did it with another Texas law. They did it in 2015. They did it in 2019. And, so, here you have them this year, this week, basically telling women in Texas that 85 percent of them seeking abortion services cannot exercise their constitutional rights…My solution to this—which is my solution for voting rights and so many other things, including climate change, where one side of the country is in flames, the other side of the country is flooded with people dying submerged in their cars—I believe we should abolish the filibuster.’

At this moment, women and girls who are raped or are victims of incest cannot legally seek to terminate a pregnancy they do not want and did not ask for. If they have the resources, they can travel out of state, stay somewhere overnight, arrange childcare, and still get an abortion. Sadly, too many don’t have those resources.

The filibuster does not protect them.

‘I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand, to use Justice Sotomayor’s words, to put our heads in the sand and not take action on the important issues, the challenges that are facing our country right now, now and over the next years. We just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place.’

Klobuchar also addressed questions about the dangers of a GOP president potentially being able to add yet another SCOTUS judge to the bench should Justice Stephen Breyer continue to resist resigning at the age of 83. The senator and one-time presidential candidate said she hoped he would consider doing so soon.

‘If this decision doesn’t cry out for that, I don’t know what does. I think if he’s gonna do it, sooner rather than later.’