Progressive liberals renewed calls to ban the Senate filibuster as well as pack the Supreme Court after losing a major legal battle in which the SCOTUS declined 5-4 to hear a challenge to Texas’s latest abortion law, which prohibits any abortion where a heartbeat can be detected.
Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said that Republicans had essentially overturned Roe v Wade, the 1973 watershed Supreme court case which permitted abortions at the federal level. Ocasio-Cortez called on Democrats to either “expand the court,” “abolish the filibuster,” or allow themselves to be subjected to “far-right minority rule.”
Representative Jamaal Bowman chimed in as well, panicking over the new protection for Texas babies. He accused Republicans of “not playing by the rules,” because a majority of justices refused to hear a state law which contradicts the 48 year old abortion law. Bowman made immediate demands to “expand the court,” which of course means ‘pack the court.’
The decision by the Supreme Court to not intervene in the case of the Texas law was made on Wednesday. The law prohibits abortions in any case where a fetal heartbeat is able to be detected, effectively banning all abortions for fetuses 6 weeks and older.
Chief Justice John Roberts joined ranks with the leftist wing of the court, taking a dissenting opinion.
Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal, chairperson for the House Progressive Caucus slammed the Supreme Court for failing to defend women’s “control over their own bodies.” Jayapal demanded that Democrats take radical authoritarian measures, citing that the party controls all branches of government at the moment; “let’s act like it,” she cried.
Critics of the law argue that it directly violates Roe v Wade, which effectively guaranteed the right of any woman to abort her child, and prevents any state from banning abortions.
Democrat President Joe Biden slammed the law and the court decision on Wednesday, calling the law “extreme,” and claiming that it will most adversely affect low income people and “communities of color.”
Despite Democrat hopes of expanding the Supreme Court, they would need the approval of 10 Republicans to pull it off. Any effort to do so would almost certainly fail. The Democrats have the power to scrap the filibuster, but several members of the party have gone on record in opposition to doing so. Prominently, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have opposed the party regarding not just the filibuster, but other radical proposals such as the multi-trillion dollar budget and spending proposals.
Author: Brandi Morris