On Friday, it was reported in POLITICO that pro-abortion groups are warning Senate Democrats of the dire consequences of removing the filibuster, which has been an institution in the body for many decades.
Now, Democrats, in their attempt to push through their leftist agenda want to abolish the filibuster once and for all to streamline their far-left bills, many of them regarding abortion.
“We’re very supportive of those groups who are coming out against the filibuster, and we’re not going to work against their push to end it, but it’s not our focus,” said a Planned Parenthood official, who declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter. “There are always threats to abortion rights, filibuster or not. We are always at risk and under attack no matter who is in Congress or what the rules are.”
“We have really close relationships with immigrant justice and economic justice groups and we want to be in allyship with them on this,” said Kelsey Ryland, the co-director of abortion coverage campaigns at All* Above All. “But we have seen in previous Congresses that the filibuster is what has stood between us and nationwide bans on abortion care. We have a lot of history with really bad bills that would have decimated access if they’d been implemented.”
In Contrast, pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List warned against doing away with the filibuster. “There are definitely differing opinions in the pro-life movement and people who said we should have gotten rid of [the filibuster] when we had the chance,” said Mallory Quigley, the group’s vice president of communications. “But even when the shoe was on the other foot, we didn’t do it, because we’re in this for lasting change.”
“Beyond legislation to write Roe v. Wade into law, [pro-abortion] groups want to press forward with bills that would, for example, permanently end the Mexico City Policy — a ban on international aid for health groups overseas that provide or refer for abortions,” reports POLITICO.
It appears many pro-abortion and pro-life groups are united against the end of the filibuster, but if it does get abolished, there would be nothing stopping a Republican Senate from passing a national abortion ban.