Senator Bob Casey backs Senate bill backing abortion rights

Casey said the circumstances surrounding the abortion debate had changed and he did not and would not support a complete ban on abortion.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — After the Supreme Court abortion case leaked, Senate Democrats plan to vote this week on the “Women’s Health Protection Act” in a bid to force the right to abortion in law.

Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat from Scranton who has long been seen as anti-abortion, took a stunning stance on Tuesday and said he would support the bill.

It’s a major change for Senator Casey, a Catholic who, like his father, Governor Robert Casey, has long considered himself “pro-life,” but now Casey has said the circumstances surrounding the debate over the abortion had changed and he was not doing it. and will not support a total ban on abortion.

In a statement, Senator Casey said:

This week, I will vote yes again to move the debate on the Women’s Health Protection Act forward and will support the bill if there is a vote on final passage in the future.

“In the nearly three months since the Senate last voted on the Women’s Health Protection Act, the circumstances surrounding the entire abortion debate have changed. In light of the leaked Supreme Court draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade, and subsequent reports that Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate will introduce legislation to enact a nationwide six-week ban, the real question right now is: do you support an outright ban on abortion? During my public tenure, I have never voted for – and do not support – such a ban.

Senators introduced the Women’s Health Protection Act in September. It aims to outlaw government restrictions on abortion services.

Democrats are trying to make it law after unprecedented Supreme Court leak says justices will overturn Roe v. Wade.

Senator Casey’s father, Governor Robert P. Casey, was a strong advocate of the right to life. After the enactment of Roe v. Wade, Governor Casey took his case to the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey in an effort to redefine the abortion rights established with Roe.

But Sen. Casey says the abortion debate has changed dramatically, and with reports that House and Senate Republicans will try to enact a six-week nationwide ban, Casey says he will vote yes on Wednesday on the Women’s Health Protection Act, joining his Democratic colleagues. efforts to try to codify abortion rights in law. They are unlikely to get enough Republican support to move the bill forward.

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Norman D. Briggs