Klobuchar says new abortion law justifies abolishing the filibuster

The Democratic Party has pretty much thrown everything but the kitchen sink at their ongoing efforts to abolish the filibuster to no success, including the generally tried and true race card.

Well, there is one third-rail issue that had not been applied: abortion.

At least, there was until Sunday, when Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., proposed that by eliminating the filibuster in the U.S. Senate, her party can codify protections into law that will allow for the killing of unborn babies.

Klobuchar said during an appearance Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was hopeful that the Supreme Court would not overturn Roe v. Wade in the wake of a new restrictive law in Texas that eliminates most abortions beyond six weeks.

“Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi says the House will vote to codify abortion protections into law,” CNN’s Dana Bash asked. “But you know better than I do, there aren’t 60 votes for that in the U.S. Senate. So realistically, what can you and your fellow Democrats do? Or is the Texas law going to be allowed to stand?”

The Democratic lawmaker said that there are “some pro-choice Republican senators,” naming Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska., before telling Dash that they still don’t have the required 60 votes to break a filibuster.

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“My solution to this, which is my solution for voting rights and so many other things, including climate change, where one side of the country is in flames, the other side of the country is flooded with people dying submerged in their cars, I believe we should abolish the filibuster,” she said. “I do not believe an archaic rule should be used to allow us to put our heads in the sand, to use Justice Sonia Sotomayor‘s words, to put our heads in the sand and not take action on these important issues, the challenges that are facing our country right now, now and over the next years — we just will get nowhere if we keep this filibuster in place.”

“We” being the radical left Democratic Party, not we the American people.

“How do we do it?” Klobuchar added. “There’ve been those, including Sen. Manchin [D-W.Va.] that has signaled an interest in what’s called the standing filibuster, where you basically require the other side to have to be there day in and day out, to require them to support a position that isn’t even supported by all of their own members on Roe, not supported by 77% of the American public who thinks Roe should remain law.”

Dash wasn’t sold that this was a viable solution, pointing out that “there are a lot of Republicans who would be happy to stand up to talk for hours and days and weeks about their opposition to abortion rights.”

Klobuchar agreed but did not offer any working solution to that possibility, though she did spew the party line that abortion is health care… oh, and to blame Donald Trump.

“This is an assault on women’s health,” she insisted. “There is no doubt about it, and as you can see by my exchange with [Supreme Court Justice] Amy Coney Barrett, we could see it coming. There are now three Trump Supreme Court justices, you add that to the two conservatives that were already there. This is the result. It’s not a surprise.”

Turning to expanding the Supreme Court, Dash pointed out that President Joe Biden doesn’t support doing so, before asking Klobuchar where she stands on the issue.

Responding that she doesn’t like the current balance of the court, the Democrat said she still supports the effort because her party’s agenda is “the right policy.”

“And you can see why. I don’t think this court is going to change any time in the near future,” she replied. “But, again, practically, as I look at it, I think what is the best way to get to a result that’s the right policy that’s consistent with where the American people are, that will not wreak havoc in this country. And to me, the best thing is to get rid of the filibuster. But that is an option, and President Biden has a commission in place right now that is considering it.”

Asked if Justice Stephen Breyer should retire so Biden can appoint a replacement, Klobuchar said, “I believe if he is seriously considering retirement and he has said he would do it based on not only his own health but also the future of the court. If this decision doesn’t cry out for that, I don’t know what will do it. And that’s not going to change the results necessarily, but at least it doesn’t put it at 7-2.”

Tom Tillison

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