Sanders Asks Why Manchin’s a Democrat After His “No” Vote on Abortion Bill

After every Republican in Congress and conservative Democrat Senator Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Voted against a billSen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont), asked why Manchin is able to join Democrats in order to guarantee abortion access in America on Wednesday night.

Though the bill didn’t have a chance of passing without filibuster abolition or reform, Senate leaders It was hoped that they would be lawmakers’ votes opposing abortion access on the public record. All 49 Senate Democrats voted in favor of the bill. allowed health care providers to conduct abortions “prior to fetal viability” or if the parent’s or fetus’s health is at risk. It would also explicitly banStates are prohibited from accessing such services with the aim of codifying. Roe v. Wade into law.

In a tweet clearly aimed at Manchin, Sanders wrote: “If you can’t stand up for a woman’s right to choose, for voting rights, for an economy that works for all, why are you caucusing with the Senate Democrats? We need a Democratic Majority where all members believe in economic, racial, social and environmental justice.”

Manchin voiced opposition to the bill before the vote on Wednesday afternoon. claiming that he wouldn’t vote for it because “it expands abortion,” he told reporters. His statements echo that of Senate Republicans, who say that they oppose the bill because it overrules state laws and doesn’t carve out exceptions for Catholic hospitals to refuse to provide abortions.

Moderate Republicans and Manchin claim that they’re generally opposed to abortion bans – yet their opposition to the scope of the bill shows thatThey want at least some restrictions to be retained. Senators Susan Collins (Republican from Maine) and Lisa Murkowski, Republican from Alaska), have introduced a rival bill that they claim would codify. Roe – but the law has a loophole that would still allowLike restrictions on abortions the Mississippi lawAbortions are not allowed after 15 weeks of gestation, or approximately eight weeks earlier than the timeframe protected under. Roe.

The Supreme Court ruled to reverse the ruling Roe v. Wade in the works, the bill’s passage is more urgent than ever to Protect familiesAnd save countless livesensuring abortion access at the federal level Many Democratic legislators quickly acted. Jumped to ActionAfter the Supreme Court draft opinion leaked last week, you can join pro-abortion protesters. WarningOverturning Roe would be a major step on the far right’s path to restricting a variety of other rights.

Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Silena (D-Arizona) were the exceptions. The draft opinion was leaked shortly after it was made public. Manchin and Sinema announced that they would not support efforts to reform or abolish the filibuster in order to protect abortion rights – essentially making it impossible to codify the abortion protections in Roe. Manchin Has previously described himself as “pro-life.”

With Manchin’s relentless obstruction of nearly Every Democratic Priority over the course of Joe Biden’s presidency, many political commentatorsDemocratic lawmakers frustrated by the conservative’s actions have questioned whether he considers himself part of the Democratic Party.

According to a recently released excerptFrom a forthcoming book This will not passManchin joked about with Republican colleagues that it was time for him to change parties. He insists that he is a Democrat but his opposition to almost every Democratic proposal and the major financial supportHis right-wing sources of information have made his loyalty to the Right-wing often in doubt.