A Democrat-pushed bill that would codify Roe v. Wade into federal law was defeated in the Senate by the GOP and one moderate Democrat — and Vice President Kamala Harris is freaking out.
According to NBC News, the move to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act — which makes Roe the law of the land and then some — was shot down when all 50 Republicans and Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia voted against bringing it to the floor for debate.
This was far short of the 60 votes needed to clear the filibuster.
Even if the Democrats decided to change the Senate rules and eliminate the filibuster — the so-called nuclear option — Manchin’s opposition signaled that the bill wasn’t going anywhere.
The move came after Politico leaked a draft Supreme Court decision last week which indicated Roe v. Wade would be overturned.
The Senate’s refusal to advance the WHPA had Harris incensed.
After presiding over the vote in her role as president of the Senate, Harris said that “sadly, the Senate failed to stand in defense of a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.”
“And let’s be clear, the majority of the American people believe in defending a woman’s right, her choice to decide what happens to her own body,” Harris claimed.
“And this vote clearly suggests that the Senate is not where the majority of Americans are on this issue.”
She also called for electoral action on the matter after the Senate’s rejection of the WHPA.
“It also makes clear that a priority for all who care about this issue — a priority should be to elect pro-choice leaders at the local, the state, and the federal level, because what we are seeing around this country are extremist Republican leaders who are seeking to criminalize and punish women for making decisions about their own body,” Harris said.
This isn’t the first time Harris has made the news due to a freakout over the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade.
“Some Republican leaders are trying to weaponize the use of the law against women. How dare they? How dare they tell a woman what she can and cannot do with her own body?” Harris said during a speech the day after the leak.
“How dare they try to stop her from determining her own future? How dare they try to deny women their rights and their freedoms?”
Harris isn’t the only elected Democrat trying to intimidate Republican legislators and Republican-appointed justices, either.
During the vote on the WHPA, Democrat members of the House — which has already passed the bill — chanted “my body, my decision!” outside the Senate chambers.