In the ongoing fight to protect women’s bodily autonomy and determine their own futures, the Supreme Court overturned a 50-year-old ruling that protected women’s rights to an abortion and Democrats continue to push back. Republicans, however, are refusing to budge while women are forced to make hard and sometimes even insurmountable decisions.
On Friday, House Democrats voted 219-210 to protect women’s rights to an abortion, as well as a second bill protecting those who seek abortions from criminal prosecution. The legislation marks the first response by Democrats to the Supreme Court ruling passed by justices on the Supreme Court who swore under oath that they accepted Roe v. Wade as settled law.
Following the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
‘Just three weeks ago the Supreme Court took a wrecking ball to the fundamental rights by overturning Roe v. Wade. It is outrageous that 50 years later, women must again fight for our most basic rights against an extremist court.’
The bill is unlikely to receive enough support in the Senate to survive. Right-wing lawmakers are too afraid of their rabid anti-abortion voters to stand up for women and do the right thing, instead protecting themselves from losing their jobs. Meanwhile, women suffer under the new reality and even children who have been raped and become pregnant in states where abortion is now outlawed, some with no provisions for rape, incest, or dangers to the life of the mother.
Twitter had a lot to say about the new bill and its chances in the U.S. Senate. Read some of their comments below: