Democratic Senator Argues for Breaking Filibuster to Codify Roe v. Wade Into Federal Law

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    Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) recently argued in favor of enshrining abortion rights into law at the federal level. During an appearance with host Kristen Welker on CBS’ “Meet the Press,” he discussed the abortion issue and insisted that President Joe Biden must be reelected to ensure that Congress passes legislation to allow the federal government to dictate policy regarding the procedure.

    During the interview, Welker brought up Arizona, calling it “effectively ground zero for the national fight over abortion rights” and asked whether the state’s repeal of an 1864 abortion law “minimizes the urgency that some voters will feel to get out and vote for Democrats.”

    Kelly responded, arguing for federal legislation to codify so-called abortion rights.

    Welker asked if Kelly would favor doing away with the filibuster to enshrine Roe v. Wade into law. Kelly affirmed that he would.

    The conversation over codifying Roe at the federal level emerged just after the Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion ruling in 2022. Democrats attempted to hold a vote to break the filibuster to legalize abortion nationally.

    President Biden vowed to push this effort if voters gave Democrats control of both chambers of Congress.

    Abortion is expected to be a crucial issue in the 2024 elections.


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